Archive for January, 2009

Dolphin group in Moray Firth

Dolphin group in Moray Firth

CAMPAIGNERS have claimed a partial victory in their efforts to protect Scotland’s most famous school of dolphins which live in the Moray Firth, a Special Area of Conservation. In December 2007, the UK Government announced that it was considering allowing exploration for oil and gas within the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation (SAC), a […]

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Scottish scalloper fined

Scottish scalloper fined

Skipper David McCrossan of the Kirkcudbright vessel Our Heritage was fined £4,000 with £150 costs by the High Bailiff at a special Court in Douglas, Isle Of Man on 27/01/09. The vessel was fishing within the three-mile limit when she was boarded by Isle of Man Sea Fisheries Officers from their vessel Barrule and was […]

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Scallop Assoc fall out with Natural England

Scallop Assoc fall out with Natural England

The majority of the scallop industry of the UK has withdrawn from a large stakeholders’ symposium on Thursday resulting in its cancellation. A statement was issued on behalf of the majority of the UK Scallop Dredging Industry, as represented by the Scallop Association, the Southwest Inshore Fishermen’s Association and the South Western Fish Producer Organisation […]

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UK Government not consulted on Art 47

UK Government not consulted on Art 47

As you can see from the following the UK Government were not consulted re Art47 of the proposed regulation – yet it is also proposed to introduce it by Jan 01 2010. As a matter of record, no UK recreational sea angling bodies were consulted either. Bill Wiggin (Leominster, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of […]

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Latest EU nonsense

Latest EU nonsense

Antonia Mochan, Head of Media, European Commission Representation to the UK sent the following out in response to the debate around Article 47. “Contrary to reports, the European Commission is not proposing to bring angling into the Common Fisheries Policy. You may have heard reports that the European Commission is planning to bring all anglers […]

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Politicians on Article 47

Politicians on Article 47

The Commission are pressing ahead with a rapid timetable to try to get this regulation agreed before parliament closes in May for the Euro elections. This will probably mean that there will be a report drawn up by the Fisheries Committee’s rapporteur Raul Romeva I Rueda (Greens) and discussed at the next Fisheries Committee meeting […]

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LENIN and Article 47

LENIN and Article 47

During the meeting of the EU Fisheries Committee on the 21st January there was the “first exchange of views” on the report which includes, in Article 47, a plan to make all sea anglers and recreation fishermen not only announce their intention to catch fish, but also report their catch upon return. Failure to do […]

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Nephrops (Langoustine) to be protected

Nephrops (Langoustine) to be protected

A new vision for the conservation of thousands of Scotland’s animal species has been set out; Invertebrates, such as insects and shellfish, make up around 98 per cent of Scotland’s animal species and a new strategy will aim to ensure they are valued and conserved for the future. Minister for Environment Michael Russell said: “Invertebrates […]

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