Archive for August, 2008

Spurdog Tagathon

Spurdog Tagathon

Even though spurdog are at 5% of their original biomass and evidence from anglers suggests that Lochs Sunnart and Etive and surrounding waters have unique resident populations and that the spurdog pup in the region, Cabinet Secretary Lochhead and the Marine Directorate still require further evidence before they will to take any action to protect […]

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Spurdog – best practice

Spurdog – best practice

You can find the SSACN code of best practice relating to spurdog here.

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Norway to introduce tougher laws

Norway to introduce tougher laws

Helga Pedersen, Norway’s fisheries minister, has announced that Norway is set to introduce strict new rules for commercial fishing boats, irrespective of their nationality, which will require all fish caught within its waters to be landed at an official fishing port. The proposal to tighten Norwegian fishing rules is being seen as a consequence of […]

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MEP hits out at discards

MEP hits out at discards

Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson today hit out at the discarding of fish at sea. Following on from a recent issue where a Scottish trawler ‘Prolific’ (sic) was filmed dumping around 5,000 kg of cod and other white fish (around 80 % of its catch) in the UK sector of the North Sea after catching the […]

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Sustainable Seas Consultation

Sustainable Seas Consultation

Sustainable Seas For All – A consultation on Scotland’s first marine bill was launched on July 14, 2008 it is now underway and will run until October 6, 2008. The Scottish Government claims it is keen to get views from across all communities and sectors and encourages people and organisations to come forward and voice […]

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Irish challenge Spurdog ruling

Irish challenge Spurdog ruling

Condensed from a report by Johnny Woodlock (Irish Seal Sanctuary) Last year the EC released its proposed Community Plan of Action on Sharks and asked for submissions from interested parties. In February of 2008 the NWWRAC (North West Waters Regional Advisory Council) met and on the agenda the commercial interests wanted changes made to the […]

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Shark win on high street

Shark win on high street

The UK’s largest chain of health food stores is to stop selling shark cartilage capsules after more than 3,000 supporters of conservation group Bite-Back sent emails directly to Holland & Barrett’s head office calling for them to stop selling shark cartilage in their 550 stores. The shark cartilage being sold by Holland & Barrett was […]

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