Archive for July, 2009

No to killing seals

No to killing seals

Under the Conservation of Seals Act (1970), seals can be killed in Scotland to prevent ‘serious damage’ to fish stock or equipment. Campaigners’ seeking an end to what they believe is the slaughter of thousands of seals in Scottish waters released the results of a new poll revealing that the majority of the UK public […]

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Compare and contrast

Compare and contrast

The efforts being made in Westminster compared to those in Holyrood. Reading West MP and Parliamentary spokesman for angling Martin Salter has secured some significant victories for angling in the Marine Bill which completed its Committee stage in the House of Commons last week. Mr Salter was selected to serve on the Commons committee stage […]

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Sharkatag 2009

Sharkatag 2009

How successful was it ? Sharkatag 2009 was a very special event. Over 200 anglers of all capabilities from all over the UK descended on the Solway to combine their love of fishing with a serious effort to gather statistics on endangered species of shark and ray. As a tagging exercise the anglers managed to […]

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Rethink your advice

Rethink your advice

Was the message given by a group of this week when it called on the Government to review their advice that people should eat at least two fish meals a week, one of which should be oily fish, rich in omega 3 fatty acids. The group, which sits on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs […]

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MSC fails to impress

MSC fails to impress

The validity of the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) eco-label is becoming more and more questionable. As reported in another post, part of the west coast prawn fishery has been approved by the MSC as sustainable, yet ICES are now saying that stocks are declining to such an extent that there is a need to cut […]

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West coast prawn in decline

West coast prawn in decline

The west coast prawn total allowable catch (TAC) could be reduced from 18,400 tonnes this year to 9,250 tonnes in 2010 if proposals from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) are implemented. Their scientists claim that seabed TV surveys of prawn burrows, and the fact that the prawn fleet has been […]

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Bait that bites back

Bait that bites back

From as early as I can remember I went sea fishing with my Dad, be that off a pier, a beach on some random part of the coastline, or some ‘hard to climb down’ rocks. Even though at the time it was often very cold or wet, it gave me and my father time to […]

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World Oceans’ Day

World Oceans’ Day

World Oceans’ Day was established as part of the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and annually aims to highlight the magnificence of our oceans, the pressures on the marine environment and steps which can be taken to support its future health. The Solway Firth Partnership run an annual World Oceans’ Week; […]

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