Archive for October, 2009

Marine Scotland Bill: Stage 1

Marine Scotland Bill: Stage 1

Yesterday saw the Proposed Marine Scotland Bill debated in Holyrood. In the following we’ve condensed the key points of interest, within various MSPs speeches, directly relating to sea angling; the full text of the debate may be found here. It’s good to see that the long-term view seems to be shared by most of the […]

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Marine Bill Sails On

Marine Bill Sails On

Scottish Government press release. A new era for Scotland’s seas came a step closer today when the Marine Bill passed its first parliamentary stage. The Scottish Government also announced it was to have new responsibilities for safeguarding the health of all Scottish waters out to 200 nautical miles in implementing new European regulations. This is […]

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SHAMED continue to oppose SACs

SHAMED continue to oppose SACs

Update :: An angry crowd walked out of the SNH meeting on Barra after being barred from airing their views on creating marine national parks in the sea around the island. SNH was holding one of its “meet the public” meetings when it was faced with vociferous demonstrations against proposals to bring rich fishing grounds […]

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Unprotected marine protected areas

Unprotected marine protected areas

Legislation to designate marine reserves around the coast of Britain is likely to contain a loophole that will allow fishermen to damage the fragile areas of seabed without fear of fines. Conservationists are warning that the Marine & Coastal Access Bill, which has its final reading in the House of Commons on Monday, contains a […]

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Right to fish ?

Right to fish ?

An eleventh-hour plea to the UK Government to scrap plans to abolish a statutory “right to fish” granted more than 200 years ago in an amendment raised by Aberdeen North Labour MP Frank Doran to the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill. Mr Doran will argue against a clause intended to protect the marine environment […]

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Oban trigger

Oban trigger

Condensed from this STV News Article. An unusual fish known for its sharp spike and beak-like mouth has stunned experts after turning up off the west coast of Scotland. The grey trigger fish, or balistes capriscus, is usually found in warmer waters closer to the Mediterranean. But fishermen have caught several in creels in the […]

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Sign up for Tagathon2009

Sign up for Tagathon2009

Not long to go now – please sign up below if you’d like to take part. SSACN’s Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP – www.tagsharks.com ) is delighted to announce the launch of the second annual Spurdog Tagathon. The tagging event is part of our ongoing campaign to allow the stocks of spurdog and common skate […]

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Great pacific garbage patch

Great pacific garbage patch

Lara Leslie, an independent film maker, recently made a short film about plastic pollution and the sea. This poetic 90 second short is about Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a patch of waste 6 times the size of Britain that has doubled in 12 years. It was made in an attempt to save the sea and […]

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