Archive for May, 2008

Deeper cuts proposed for 2009

Deeper cuts proposed for 2009

The European Commission is proposing to make deeper than usual cuts in fishing quotas in 2009 to tackle depleted stocks. In a policy document the EU claim 88% of EU fish stocks are now overexploited versus 80% at this time last year and a global average of 25%; they also claim Europe’s domestic catch has […]

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Megrim migraine

Megrim migraine

SELLING 600 kilos of unrecorded megrim at the Scalloway market last December cost a skipper almost £3,000 at Lerwick Sheriff Court. The skipper of the Banff registered fishing vessel Scotia was fined £2,100 plus the value of the fish at £764 after pleading guilty to not recording 574 kilo of the species in the vessel’s […]

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Managing Scotland’s fish quota

Managing Scotland’s fish quota

The review of the management of Scotland’s fish quota was outlined today by Richard Lochhead; the key objectives are : To safeguard Scotland’s traditional fishing rights for now and the future by keeping them in Scotland. Make sure Scottish fishermen get their fair share of quota providing stability and security so that businesses can plan […]

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The 3rd Shark Alliance meeting

The 3rd Shark Alliance meeting

Ian and Denis representing Save our Sharks (SOS) and SSACN have just returned from Brussels where they attended the third Shark Alliance members meeting. They attended various workshops at the meeting and helped make plans for the 2008 European Shark Week. Last years European Shark week resulted in over 20,000 signatures demanding sensible shark management […]

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M&J say NO

M&J say NO

M&J Seafood has announced that it will no longer be supplying bluefin tuna to the foodservice market; this follows its ban on all shark products in its portfolio. M&J say the decision underlines its “strenuous” efforts to support and promote sustainable and ethical sourcing and champion the use of underutilised species. Bluefin has become a […]

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NFFO upset with SNP fisheries policy

NFFO upset with SNP fisheries policy

Today the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), England’s main catching sector group, accused the Scottish Government of a “pre-emptive strike” over a licensing and quota issue which underlines the differing policies being pursued North of the Border. The NFFO believes the Scottish Government moratorium on the transfer of licences and FQA units go well […]

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Sharks in the Baltic

Sharks in the Baltic

A new report on sharks and related species in the Baltic Sea from the Shark Alliance highlights the threats to these over-looked fish and calls for improved conservation policies. The report documents the distribution and status of 31 species sharks, rays and chimaeras (collectively known as cartilaginous fishes) in the Baltic and transitional areas, details […]

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Communities in charge

Communities in charge

Richard Lochhead today said that his next year in Government would focus on putting fishing communities in charge of their own future. He went on “There is huge potential in our fishing communities – from the men out at sea to the women and families back on shore. I want our coastal and rural communities […]

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