Archive for July, 2008

80% of cod and saithe discarded

80% of cod and saithe discarded

Two British trawlers, so far unnamed, were filmed discarding large quantities of fish in the North Sea by the Norwegian Coastguard. According to them, British vessels regularly discard fish they have caught inside the Norwegian sector outside of it, as it is illegal to discard fish in the Norwegian controlled sector of the North Sea […]

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NWWRAC attempt to change 5% rule

NWWRAC attempt to change 5% rule

Commercial fishermen within the NWWRAC (North Western Waters Regional Advisory Committee) wrote to the EU to try and have the 5% spurdog bycatch rules changed allowing them to catch more of the species. Fortunately the Commission has declined this request with a distinct change of language which should be welcomed as it now appears they […]

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Lochhead’s 3 year plan

Lochhead’s 3 year plan

Mr Lochhead today promised a three-year plan, developed in partnership with the catching sector, to achieve a sustainable, fit for purpose and profitable fishing industry. Detailed financial aspects of EU measures are still to be decided but the Scottish Government has pledged to make resources available, however the total scope and nature of the three-year […]

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Scott Trawlers indifferent to EU laws

Scott Trawlers indifferent to EU laws

In court at Brighton, Scott Trawlers – operators of some of the UK’s biggest scallop dredgers were accused of showing indifference to EU fishing laws and the Marine and Fisheries Agency. The accusation resulted from fishery officers being denied the opportunity three times to inspect the Vertrouwen in port at Shoreham. Despite repeated requests and […]

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Parliamentary Answers

Parliamentary Answers

The following are written answers from Mr Lochhead to parliamentary questions by Peter Peacock MSP (Lab). Unsurprisingly they are neither detailed nor particularly supportive of sea angling. What is particularly galling to us is the fact that the key direction always seems to be ‘sustainable management’ – no thought appears to be given to the […]

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SFF criticise House of Lords

SFF criticise House of Lords

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has criticised the House of Lords report on the Common Fisheries Policy which concluded that no aid should be given to help fishermen survive the fuel crisis. SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The report draws the general conclusion that EU Member States have been slow to reduce fleet capacity […]

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2 Billion Euro support package

2 Billion Euro support package

EUROPEAN fishing ministers last night agreed a massive aid package totaling more than two billion euros (around £1.5-billion) to help commercial fishermen cope with the fuel crisis. There is little chance that oil prices will significantly reduce, how much more will go to subsidise an industry that cannot run at a profit now.? So whilst […]

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Arran, Lundy and the Marine Bills

Arran, Lundy and the Marine Bills

Five years without fishing around the Lundy Island ‘no take zone’ (NTZ) off the coast of Devon has brought a significant revival in sea life. Over thirteen years of effort and Scotland still doesn’t have an NTZ. Though our inshore waters really need greater protection in order to allow stocks to regenerate, neither the proposed […]

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