Archive for July, 2009

Once more down the foodchain

Once more down the foodchain

Soaring fish prices and a shortage of haddock may mean another species will need to be exploited for the traditional fish supper – megrim. Scottish scientists are baffled by the explosion in the population of megrim sole around the Northern coastline of Scotland, and chefs believe the flatfish could replace dwindling stocks of haddock –  […]

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Jellyfish Bloom

Jellyfish Bloom

Following on from the algal bloom, Moon jellyfish up to half a metre long have been appearing on beaches in Scotland, especially around Banff in the Moray Firth north of Aberdeen, following a rise in sea temperature. ‘It’s very rare to see 40cm plus common jellyfish but the waters have been full of them over […]

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Failing to protect marine biodiversity

Failing to protect marine biodiversity

In 2002, when the world committed to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, Europe went one step further and pledged to halt the loss completely. A set of 26 indicators, known as ‘Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators’ (SEBI 2010), was compiled to measure change. The first assessment based on SEBI 2010 by the […]

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Petition against SACs

Petition against SACs

The group opposing two proposed marine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) around Barra and Mingulay in the Western Isles has launched a petition against the designation which they say has received overwhelming support from local fishermen and others. The two SACs will cover around 30,000 hectares of sea area.  According to the group’s spokesman, Angus […]

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Victims fight for sharks

Victims fight for sharks

Yesterday a group of nine advocates were in Washington D.C. to promote the Shark Conservation Act — a piece of legislation that would strengthen the ban on the practice of "shark finning" and protect sharks around the world. And this isn’t your run-of-the-mill lobby group, either. Its members are all victims of shark attacks. The […]

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Victims fight for sharks

Victims fight for sharks

Yesterday a group of nine advocates were in Washington D.C. to promote the Shark Conservation Act — a piece of legislation that would strengthen the ban on the practice of "shark finning" and protect sharks around the world. And this isn’t your run-of-the-mill lobby group, either. Its members are all victims of shark attacks. The […]

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Pelagic high grading to be banned

Pelagic high grading to be banned

Fisheries secretary Richard Lochhead has welcomed a new proposed high grading ban for parts of Scotland s pelagic sector. At a meeting in London last week the EU, Norway and Faeroes agreed to implement a ban within several of the principal pelagic fisheries affecting Scotland, including mackerel, herring and horse mackerel. From January 1 next […]

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0 out of 10 for effort

0 out of 10 for effort

Wildlife on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) analysis, which is published every four years, comes just before the deadline governments set themselves to evaluate […]

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