Archive for November, 2008

Herald spurdog tagging

Herald spurdog tagging

In today’s Sunday Herald there is a full page regarding spurdog and the SSACN tagging programme – the full text may be found at http://tinyurl.com/5qb5yj but a synopsis follows. The fight to save the Spurdog Shark – Overfishing prompts anglers to descend upon lochs in a mass effort to tag critically endangered species – By […]

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Fisheries Debate – Elaine Murray (Lab)

Fisheries Debate – Elaine Murray (Lab)

Dr Murray’s speech in yesterdays debate follows in full as it addressed many issues of direct concern to sea anglers. I will deal now with species that are less familiar to most of the population, but which are affected by fishing practice, although they are not the main focus of the forthcoming negotiations. Sharks do […]

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Highlights – Sea Fisheries Debate 27/10/08

Highlights – Sea Fisheries Debate 27/10/08

Selected highlights of interest to sea angling conservation The Presiding Officer (Alex Fergusson): The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-2966, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on sea fisheries. The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead): Today, we will debate not only total allowable catches and quotas, […]

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Call to allow spurdog to recover

Call to allow spurdog to recover

Speaking during today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on sea fisheries, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment John Scott MSP said: “I would like to say a word about another under threat species – the Spurdog. The Cabinet Secretary will know that the European Commission are proposing a Total Allowable Catch of […]

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Scottish coastal waters out to 200NM

Scottish coastal waters out to 200NM

Scotland is to take greater responsibility for its coastal waters, which will now stretch 200 nautical miles out to sea. The Scottish Government agreed with the UK Government, through the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) that planned marine bills from both administrations should be joined up. As the Scottish Government wanted, Scotland will get new executively […]

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Allow spurdog to recover

Allow spurdog to recover

Speaking during today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on sea fisheries, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment John Scott MSP said: “I would like to say a word about another under threat species – the Spurdog. The Cabinet Secretary will know that the European Commission are proposing a Total Allowable Catch of […]

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How to report capture of a tagged fish

How to report capture of a tagged fish

Most importantly – Leave the tag in Shark species management with respect to National Fisheries Bodies is currently very low as shark species are not a predominant commercial species. The UK Shark Tagging Programme offers a small reward for reporting recaptures as tagging programmes produce valuable data for : A non-destructive assessment of Species growth […]

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ICCAT leaves sharks at risk

ICCAT leaves sharks at risk

The only body capable of setting Atlantic-wide catch limits for sharks today ended its week-long annual meeting without adopting meaningful protections for even the most threatened of Atlantic shark species. Despite unprecedented scientific warnings about the vulnerability of sharks to overfishing, Parties to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) killed, delayed […]

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