Archive for May, 2008

West Coast Herring Plan

West Coast Herring Plan

The EC has also tabled a proposal for a Council regulation on a multi-annual plan for the management of herring fisheries to the West of Scotland. The aim of the proposal is to ensure the sustainability of the fishery and prevent any sudden increase in fishing pressure which could jeopardise its future. This will be […]

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North Sea Whiting fishery closed

North Sea Whiting fishery closed

Heavy pressure on North Sea whiting stocks, due to the weather, lack of haddock and the need to avoid cod, has meant that one producer organisation has been forced to suspend whiting catching by all but two of its vessels. Aberdeen Fish Producers’ Organisation chief executive Hamish Gordon confirmed today that they had closed their […]

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Skates and Rays in real danger

Skates and Rays in real danger

Warning signs regarding the state of the Scottish stocks of skates and rays have been there for many years but Scottish fisheries managers have systematically chosen to ignore them. The following graph illustrates the extent to which they are in free-fall. Landings are at a 100 year all time low. Survey work undertaken by the […]

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Trawlerman to become charter skipper

Trawlerman to become charter skipper

The Arbroath Fishermen’s Association, established in 1923 and believed to be the oldest in Britain, is being wound up after its membership dropped from 100+ to 15. This follows the announcement that after four generations the Smith family have sold their trawler leaving two trawlers left and eight small creel boats working out of Arbroath. […]

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