Archive for November, 2008

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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EU Cod recovery plan

EU Cod recovery plan

Scotland’s approach to cod fisheries is set to be rolled out across the rest of Europe as part of the new EU Cod Recovery Plan agreed at the November Fisheries Council in Brussels. The new Cod Recovery Plan, builds on the approach set out in the Conservation Credits Scheme pioneered by the Scottish sector in […]

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Bold EU moves for sharks

Bold EU moves for sharks

Congratulations to the EU on their proposals for the management of elasmobranchs. If the proposals go ahead then there will be a zero Total allowable catch (TAC) on all commercial catches of spurdog and porbeagle, all bycatch will have to be returned to the sea. Skates and rays will also finally be protected with special […]

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Bold EU moves for sharks

Bold EU moves for sharks

Congratulations to the EU on their proposals for the management of elasmobranchs. If the proposals go ahead then there will be a zero Total allowable catch (TAC) on all commercial catches of spurdog and porbeagle, all bycatch will have to be returned to the sea. Skates and rays will also finally be protected with special […]

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Scottish NO to scallop proposal

Scottish NO to scallop proposal

Cabinet secretary Lochhead has rejected a proposal by the Isle of man DAFF to extend a 6pm to 6am scallop fishing curfew, already in place within three miles of the Island, across the remaining nine miles of Manx territorial waters. The DAFF argued that extending the curfew until December 31 and reducing fishing by 25 […]

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Marine Bill Responses

Marine Bill Responses

All non-confidential responses to the Scottish Marine Bill proposals have now been published on the Scottish Government’s website and can be found at http://tinyurl.com/5nmvjf The most frequently raised topics were : Scottish Marine Region numbers, parameters and lead partners Local Authority and stakeholder participation at a Marine Board level How Marine Scotland will interact with […]

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Commercials condemn spurdog restrictions

Commercials condemn spurdog restrictions

The Western Isles Fishermen’s Association has condemned the EC’s ‘irrational’ current 5% bycatch restrictions on landings of spurdog as well as the proposed ban on all landings of spurdog from January 1st 2009. The association argues that the 5% bycatch limit for spurdog should apply to the total annual catch they are allowed to land. […]

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Illegal scallop fishing

Illegal scallop fishing

Malcolm McKelvie, skipper of the ‘Star of Annan’  has been fined £7,000 in the Isle of Man after admitting having a quantity of scallops on board his trawler below the legal minimum size. What makes this instance of illegal fishing worse than normal is that the Isle of Man and it’s commercial fishermen have been […]

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