Archive for April, 2008

For safety’s sake

For safety’s sake

THE Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has reported a more than 50 per cent rise in fatal sea angling incidents – 11 sea anglers lost their lives while sea angling in 2007, which was up from seven in 2006. It added that all the deaths occurred last year between May and October, with seven happening […]

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Shetland scallop dredger fined

Shetland scallop dredger fined

A SHETLAND fisherman was ordered to pay £3,000 at Lerwick Sheriff Court after he admitted breaching regulations designed to protect the islands’ shellfish stocks. Stanley Gray was dragging 12 dredges just over a mile south east of Bressay Isle during the night of 1 February last year breaching the Shetland Islands Regulatory Fishery (Scotland)Order of […]

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World Ocean’s Day

World Ocean’s Day

World Oceans’ Day was established at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and is an international celebration of the seas aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the marine environment and threats to it. There have been annual World Oceans’ Day events in Dumfries & Galloway almost every year since 1992 involving […]

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Scotland – no plans to protect tope

Scotland – no plans to protect tope

In the House of Lords, Lord Taylor of Holbeach (Cons) asked HMG : With reference to the Tope (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 2008 (SI 2008/691), whether Articles 3, 4 and 5 provide that tope may be caught using a rod and line but may not be landed in England nor transshipped to a fishing boat […]

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Isle of Man to protect scallops

Isle of Man to protect scallops

A NEW byelaw has been introduced in the Isle of Man banning all forms of towed fishing gear in Douglas Bay until 2011 to help protect scallop fisheries. This is the second such coastal area in Manx waters to introduce the ruling. Today, 26,000 two-year-old scallops were placed into the bay by the Department of […]

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More Government support for the commercial fishing communities

More Government support for the commercial fishing communities

THE North Sea Women’s Network – an international organisation based in Scotland, set up to better the lives and livelihoods of people living in coastal communities – is hosting a conference in Edinburgh next month to look at the issues surrounding the management of change in coastal communities. Funded by the Scottish Government and sponsored […]

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The State of Scotland’s Seas

The State of Scotland’s Seas

Towards the end of summer 2007 the Scottish Government asked Fisheries Research Services ( FRS), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency ( SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage ( SNH) to collaborate and report on the state of Scotland’s seas. This report includes contextual information and an initial data inventory and aims to inform the development of […]

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EC – Ecosystem marine management

EC – Ecosystem marine management

THE EC has published a communication which outlines how the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can help implement in implementing an ecosystem approach to marine management and suggests it offers a more joined-up approach to protecting the ecological balance of the oceans as maintaining a sustainable source of wealth and well-being for future generations. The main […]

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