Archive for March, 2009

EC rewrites rules on recreational fishing

EC rewrites rules on recreational fishing

The EP Fisheries Committee rewrote the rules on recreational fishing in its consultative report, adopted Tuesday, on a proposed "control regulation" to ensure compliance with common fisheries policy (CFP) rules. A quick summary of the key parts of their press release. Recreational fishing has dominated all discussion of the proposal. In some cases, recreational fishing […]

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Shark caught in the Thames

Shark caught in the Thames

by some fisher­men near Poplar. The shark measured 9 ft. 3 in. from nose tip to tail; 6 ft. 9 in. round the body at the thickest part; and the width of its jaws, fully extended, 17 in., embellished with five rows of impressive teeth! Unfortunately shortly after being landed the shark died. In an […]

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Eggs in one basket

Eggs in one basket

By Johnny Woodlock Sea fishery Advisory Group Irish Seal sanctuary. This paper was prompted by the recent communication from the NWWRAC regarding the 2008 F.A.O. “Report on the State of World Fisheries and Agriculture” This included the recommendation that current management plans should be expanded to include strategies for coping with climate change. It states […]

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Angus SNP MP follows Arbroath Conservative

Angus SNP MP follows Arbroath Conservative

politicians, councillors and boat owners in raising their voices against the EC’s proposed Control Regulations, especially Article 47, which were so badly framed it Commissioner Borg has had to step in and repeatedly deny that they were seeking to extend their control over fisheries onto sea anglers. ANGUS MP Mike Weir (SNP) has strongly welcomed […]

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Scottish Tories are

Scottish Tories are

backing calls for the controversial EU Cod Recovery Plan to be renegotiated, amid fears that it could drive many fishermen out of business. John Scott, the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, said: “Everyone agrees that proper conservation measures are essential and there is evidence that cod stocks are recovering.” “However, unless ways are found […]

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Lochhead to meet

Lochhead to meet

with Scotland’s fishing industry leaders over the coming weeks as part of to find a way through the impact of the current economic crisis and the implementation of the days at sea regime, which are making life difficult for some of the Scottish fleets The government is looking to increase the number of buy back […]

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MCA urges sea anglers

MCA urges sea anglers

to wear lifejackets as fewer than 2.5% of shore anglers wear them when fishing according to research carried out by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. The agency is advising all anglers, whether they practice their sport from the sea, on rocks or shore, to carry and wear a lifejacket when near the sea. Richard Jackson, […]

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Natura 2000

Natura 2000

Steps will be taken this week to designate the first UK offshore Natura 2000 sites (beyond 12 Nm) if proposals for the marine protected areas (MPAs) are formally approved by the EC. This means areas such as the Darwin Mounds and Braemar and Scanner Pockmarks will gain protection from damaging human activities. But no matter […]

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