The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

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Archive for August, 2008


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 [...]


Clyde area petition

The Prime Minister is being petitioned to limit commercial fishing on the Clyde and its sea lochs. The originator of the petition asks that the government -
Create no go areas for trawlers in Scotland’s salt water lochs,and the river Clyde.In addition to this create at least one marine conservation area or park for sea life [...]


Inchmarnock fish farm appeal

Offshore Farm Developments Ltd, whose application for a fish farm off the north end of Inchmarnock was turned down by Argyll & Bute Council, has appealed the decision to the Scottish Government. The Appeal Reference is: IQC/35/24.
The appeal will be going to a public enquiry, probably in the new year (date not yet set).
Those [...]


Spurdog - best practice

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


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 the [...]


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 fish [...]


SEA LIFE boost SSACN research

Today we received a substantial donation of £1500 from the Loch Lomond Aquarium SEA LIFE Centre to help support our educational outreach activities.
The Loch Lomond Aquarium and 11 other SEA LIFE centres have also installed a series of information boards highlighting the plight of sharks, with a special focus on spurdog.
Ian Burrett, SSACN’s Project Director [...]


Conservatives condemn tope stance

John Scott MSP - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs & the Environment has joined condemnation of Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead for his refusal to prohibit the commercial fishing of tope, a rare species of shark.
Mr Scott said: “I am dismayed that despite the UK Government recently banning the fishing of tope other than by [...]


ITV show segment on tope issue

Just recently Border ITV gave a 3 and 1/2 minute segment to highlight the crazy situation where it is illegal to land tope on the English side of the Solway, but legal on the Scottish side.
This is due to the Scottish Governments’ refusal to introduce a statutory instrument similar to the English Tope (Prohibition of [...]

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