Archive for November, 2009

Spurdog Recaptures

Spurdog Recaptures

Two spurdog were recaptured today in Loch Sunart; one carried a UKSTP tag and we are currently trying to get data on that. The other carried a SSTP tag having been tagged during the last tagathon. That’s now four recaptured (2 in Etive and 2 in Sunart) and certainly three are within half a mile […]

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Tope recapture

Tope recapture

  John Spiers has just recaptured a male tope off Corsewall lighthouse (nr Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway) in 46 metres of water. The fish was originally tagged by Ian Burrett on 05/08/2008 off Luce Bay and as far as we are aware this is the first time the fish has been recaptured.   Corsewall Lighthouse

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Sharkatag2010

Sharkatag2010

Sharkatag 2010 is over. It ran from the 18th to the 20th of June and as usual the main target was tope with rays, huss and hounds also expected to feature. Results :: These will be posted as soon as all returns are in and have been validated. Meanwhile photos taken at the event may be found […]

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MPA network gets go ahead

MPA network gets go ahead

Dr Bill Wilson, an SNP MSP for the West of Scotland and member of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, has had his amendment to the Marine (Scotland) Bill, calling for the establishment of a representative network of conservation sites, which would include Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas, approved. He commented today, “I […]

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Help raise funds – shop online

Help raise funds – shop online

Shop via www.easyfundraising.org.uk and support SSACN. You can raise funds for SSACN when you shop online at any of 2000 of the UK’s best-known retailers including many popular names such as Amazon, Next, Argos, John Lewis and HMV; between 2 and 15% from every purchase you make then goes to SSACN. This costs you no […]

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Again and again

Again and again

Member’s post :: Two commercial skippers were fined at Chichester magistrates in the past week for illegal fishing for black bream. More on the story here. The skippers in question have apparently been fined at least five times each, since 2001, for similar offences. So what can we deduce from these facts? It suggests that […]

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2010 Catch Limitations

2010 Catch Limitations

Regarding catch limits for 2010, the Commission will continue to set catch limitations for the following elasmobranch fisheries: Skates and rays (all species) in ICES areas IIa, IV; VIa,VIIa-c, e-k; VIId; VIII, IX and IIIa Spurdog in IIIa; II, IV; I, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII XIV Porbeagle in all areas Deep-sea sharks in all […]

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A familiar pattern ?

A familiar pattern ?

The AP has a vivid description of fishermen rallying in Massachusetts last week to protest the transition to new US fishing restrictions (to take effect next May). The new regulations they are protesting are part of a last-ditch effort to overhaul the nation’s devastated fisheries following the strengthening of the US Fisheries Conservation and Management […]

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