Archive for June, 2008

Commercials want to exempted…….

Commercials want to exempted…….

…. from the provisions of the Marine Bill according to the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) who claim this view is based on the long history of commercial fishing which has ” enhanced the marine environment in many ways” and the “legitimate”expectations of the industry to operate commercially to harvest a national resource in […]

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Parliamentary Answer

Parliamentary Answer

(S3W-13583) John Scott (Ayr) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a fishing catch limit for tope. Mr Richard Lochhead : Catches of tope by the Scottish fleet are at low levels. I currently have no plans to introduce a fishing catch limit, although I will keep the situation under […]

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Just another talking shop

Just another talking shop

Lib Dem Shadow Fisheries Secretary Mike Rumbles today claimed the new Scottish Fisheries Panel would be a pointless talking shop as according to him : “A fortnight ago, the First Minister claimed that his government had set up an expert panel to develop alternatives to the Common Fisheries Policy.” “Today, the Fisheries Secretary has confirmed […]

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COAST win Observer Ethical Award

COAST win Observer Ethical Award

The Observer ethical awards are instrumental in progressing ethical thinking and ideas in the UK. Their aim is to reward those pioneering a sustainable future for the country and to recognise the very best products, innovations and schemes that make living ethically achievable; they also highlight those who give ethical living a mainstream and practical […]

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The value of Sea Angling in Scotland

The value of Sea Angling in Scotland

If you sea fish in Scotland, or have done so in the last three years this concerns you ! A team of economists from Glasgow Caledonian University are working to produce an economic assessment of recreational sea angling in Scotland. Although the Scottish Government and the Marine Directorate ‘go the extra mile’ to support commercial […]

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Survival and level playing fields

Survival and level playing fields

THE UK Government today failed to show commitment to the survival of the UK fishing industry according to Barrie Deas, the chief executive of the NFFO as Mr Shaw said no to de minimus aid for the UK fishing fleet to help offset fuel costs. Bertie Armstrong also criticised Mr Shaw who claimed the UK […]

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More prawns, skate and rays for under 10s

More prawns, skate and rays for under 10s

The MFA and other UK fisheries administrations have increased the catch limit for North Sea nephrops for under 10m vessels to 15 tonnes per vessel per quarter (up from 10 tonnes) This increase will help make sure that UK fishermen in the North Sea can take full advantage of the summer nephrops fishery according to […]

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