Archive for December, 2009

Scottish Marine Region – SCF report

Scottish Marine Region – SCF report

Throughout the Marine Bill consultation and Parliamentary consideration of the Bill there has been much interest in Scottish Marine Regions (SMRs).  SMRs are to be defined to allow for a more localised expression of interest  in, and ownership of, marine planning and management issues. This division of the coast will provide the mechanism by which […]

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Where did it all get lost ?

Where did it all get lost ?

A memorandum submitted by The Highlands and Islands Fishermen’s Association to a Westminster Select Committee in 1999 It is our Association’s view that no finite resource can ever get too much research into its capability and productive capacity within it’s sustainable limitations. Money however, is not inexhaustible, and there is a perceived need to direct […]

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Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Reform

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Reform

The Common Fisheries Policy is Europe’s regulatory regime governing fisheries in EU waters. Each Member State is given an annual Total Allowable Catch (TAC) that is distributed so each country has relative stability of fishing activities. More recent controls have involved limits on fishing efforts and technical conservation measures. The Policy has been criticised by […]

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RACS need to improve – WWF study

RACS need to improve – WWF study

The impartiality/neutrality of the RAC Chairmen needs to be improved, along with the structural balance between the industry and NGOs, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) points out in a recent report on the functioning of the European Union’s seven Regional Advisory Councils (RACs). WWF took a closer look at how well the RACs […]

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EU Fisheries talks results

EU Fisheries talks results

The European Fisheries Council has reached a conclusion which has resulted in reduced quotas in 2010 for many key species and further restrictions on days-at-sea. Key items : Prawn (langoustine) – North Sea > –0.6% Prawn (langoustine) – West Coast > -15% Haddock – West Coast > –25% – prospect of another reduction again 2011 […]

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EU protects endangered sharks

EU protects endangered sharks

SSACN are delighted to announce today that the EU Council of Fisheries Ministers’ has voted to stop all commercial fishing for porbeagle sharks and reduce fishing quotas for spurdog, by 90% in line with scientific advice and proposals from  the European Commission. These dramatic reductions have come as a result of the Eu shark management […]

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EU protects endangered sharks

EU protects endangered sharks

SSACN are delighted to announce today that the EU Council of Fisheries Ministers’ has voted to stop all commercial fishing for porbeagle sharks and reduce fishing quotas for spurdog, by 90% in line with scientific advice and proposals from  the European Commission. These dramatic reductions have come as a result of the Eu shark management […]

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FAO advisory panel offers recommendations on CITES proposals

FAO advisory panel offers recommendations on CITES proposals

Rome, 14 December 2009 An advisory panel of independent experts convened by FAO has issued recommendations regarding six proposals to limit international trade in a number of commercially exploited aquatic animals under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Panel outcomes Following a thorough six-day review and using […]

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