Archive for September, 2009

Cut the cod catch

Cut the cod catch

Producer Organisations are being urged to almost halve the amount of cod landed from North Sea area IV (a,b,c ) – from the current 272 tonnes to around 155 tonnes – or face severe restrictions on the fishing gear they use for the rest of the year. The Marine & Fisheries Agency and the other […]

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Scott calls for end to discards

Scott calls for end to discards

Speaking from the Scottish Parliament today, after questioning the First Minister on his government’s intentions on discards, John Scott MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said: “With fish stocks around Scotland at dangerously low levels, particularly in the West of Scotland and especially in the Firth of Clyde, it is vital […]

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Commercial interests block Tuna ban

Commercial interests block Tuna ban

The EU has abandoned its plans to push for a temporary ban through a CITES listing on fishing for bluefin tuna, loved by sushi fans but severely overfished, which would have given the fish a chance to recover, the EC argued. National experts from EU member states met on 21 September to consider a proposal […]

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H & I MSP supports sea angling strategy

H & I MSP supports sea angling strategy

Highlands & Islands SNP MSP Dave Thompson has supported an initiative seeking to create a long-term sustainable future for sea angling in Scotland. The proposed Recreational Sea Angling Strategy Group, supported by the Scottish Government, would work with the industry in order to grow the sector which already represents £141 million to the Scottish economy […]

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Only one haddock

Only one haddock

Extracted from an article in the Scotsman by Jenny Fyall THERE’S always been plenty more fish in the sea. But 154 of the world’s best anglers, who descended on Scotland for a fishing contest, managed to prove the old saying wrong. Despite spending eight hours off the coast of Orkney for five consecutive days, among […]

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Commercial fisheries 2008 in summary

Commercial fisheries 2008 in summary

A brief summary of some of the commercial fishing statistics published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician show: The increase in landings by Scottish vessels in 2008 relative to 2007 was +1% in real terms for value (£396 million) and volume (371 thousand tonnes). As a proportion of all landings by Scottish-based vessels in 2008 (note all […]

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Motion – Sea angling strategy group

Motion – Sea angling strategy group

S3M-04834 Bill Wilson (West of Scotland) (Scottish National Party): Update :: Amendment by Robin Harper (Lothians) (Scottish Green Party): S3M-04834 Bill Wilson (West of Scotland) (Scottish National Party): Welcoming Sea Angling Strategy Group That the Parliament notes the estimate in the Scottish Government’s recent report, Economic Impact of Recreational Sea Angling in Scotland, that sea […]

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Clyde needs sustainable strategy

Clyde needs sustainable strategy

Dr Bill Wilson, an SNP MSP for the West of Scotland and a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, has drawn attention in a Parliamentary Motion to the damaging impact of poor fisheries management and practices on fish populations in the Clyde. His Motion also highlighted the role that sea angling […]

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