Archive for October, 2008

EU to stop deep sea shark fishing

EU to stop deep sea shark fishing

Speaking at a news conference following yesterday’s fisheries ministers’ meeting, Commissioner Borg stated there will be no directed fishing for deep-sea sharks after 2010 though he also indicated there will be a 10% allowance for ‘inevitable’ bycatch. Mr Borg went on to say "We managed to secure a meaningful agreement which will considerably reduce fishing […]

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Commercials should be cowboys !

Commercials should be cowboys !

Next Monday MEPs will debate a recovery plan for cod stocks in the N. Sea and W. Scotland. Although many people believe that the best way to promote a swift recovery of fish stocks is to ban all fisheries in endangered areas Mr Morillon, chair of the EU Parliament Fisheries Committee, set the basis of […]

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English bodies combine

English bodies combine

At the Tackle & Guns trade fair at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on 19 Oct 2008, the Chairmen of all England’s angling representative bodies signed a merger agreement which, subject to various conditions being met, will see them become a single new organisation, The Angling Trust, which will represent anglers in England from 5 January […]

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No increase in cod TAC ?

No increase in cod TAC ?

Annually 100,000 tonnes of dead fish – worth £40 million – are dumped by Scottish fishermen. The EU fisheries commissioner yesterday indicated that although some fisheries groups in Scotland believe the best way to end discards is to revamp the quota system so that fishermen spend less time at sea in return for being allowed […]

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MCS – Silent Seas

MCS – Silent Seas

In its Silent Seas Report, the Marine Conservation Society says severe overfishing is the biggest environmental threat facing Britain and is having a profound effect on marine ecosystems. Simon Brockington, head of conservation at the MCS, said: “There’s a moral imperative: we simply shouldn’t be living in such a way that drives species to extinction.” […]

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Lochhead / SSACN meeting – updated

Lochhead / SSACN meeting – updated

Update :: The meeting will now take place on the 11th December 2008 We have just received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP, the main text of which was : Thank you for your letter of 31 July 2008 to Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural […]

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Mr Lochhead to meet with SSACN – updated

Mr Lochhead to meet with SSACN – updated

Update :: The meeting will now take place on the 11th December 2008 We have just received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP, the main text of which was : Thank you for your letter of 31 July 2008 to Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural […]

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Elaine Murray – Holyrood Question

Elaine Murray – Holyrood Question

S3M-2687# Elaine Murray: Save Scottish Sharks— That the Parliament notes that 11 to 19 October 2008 is European Shark Week; is concerned at the dramatic decline in European shark numbers; is further concerned that most Scottish shark species are classed as critically endangered but that none is currently afforded any protection; regrets the Scottish Government’s […]

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