Archive for August, 2009

Commercials on TV

Commercials on TV

Yesterday, Fisheries Secretary Lochhead was at Peterhead Harbour to witness one of seven Scottish vessels being fitted with CCTV technology to enhance the monitoring, control and observation capability related to commercial fishing in both the North Sea and off the West coast. The main aims of the pilot project are to establish: If CCTV can […]

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Trophic Cascade

Trophic Cascade

Member’s Post. A recent study involving Sheila Heymans from the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences may help explain why the Canadian North East cod fisheries have not recovered despite the literal cessation of the commercial fishery. In four areas studied, the excessive commercial removal of cod, the top predator, has produced signs in all areas, […]

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A load of cod

A load of cod

Members Post :: In recent years approximately 85% of landings have been juvenile cod, aged 1 to 3 years. On average 95% of a year class is taken out before it has spawned for the first time. It is always argued by commercial fishermen’s representatives and politicians that there would be immediate and short-term economic […]

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Basking Shark conference

Basking Shark conference

The conference, which runs from 31 July – 6 August, will culminate in a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) meeting for basking sharks. It is hoped that proposals made as a result of this meeting could take scientists a step further towards better protection for this marine giant. The Wildlife Trusts, Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and […]

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Could it happen here ?

Could it happen here ?

Documentarian Guye Henderson spent a year researching the New Zealand fishing industry which now outsources a lot of the catching sector jobs. The result is that early half of the NZ deep-sea fish quotas are caught by overseas trawlers, and more than half of all fish caught are processed overseas. According to Henderson, quotas can […]

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SSACN work recognised in a Parliamentary Motion

SSACN work recognised in a Parliamentary Motion

Dr Bill Wilson, an MSP for the West of Scotland and a member of the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, has recently lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the work of the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network. Dr Wilson, who for ten years worked as an ecological researcher, said: “The conservation efforts undertaken […]

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EU reform of CFP

EU reform of CFP

The Commission has launched a wide-ranging debate on the way that EU fisheries are managed. Their aim is to gather views from all those with an interest in the future of Europe’s fisheries: fishermen, fish processors, retailers, environmentalists, consumers, taxpayers – in fact, every EU citizen. That includes you. They would like you to give […]

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North Sea stocks not at risk

North Sea stocks not at risk

according to Scottish fishing leaders who have criticised research that suggested that that is the case. The study published in a science journal said careful management has helped recovery in areas such as Iceland and off the north east US coast, but that stocks in the North Sea were still threatened and require rebuilding. SFF […]

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