Archive for December, 2009

Florida – new rules for sharks and proposals for other species.

Florida – new rules for sharks and proposals for other species.

In a two-day meeting of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission it has said that more protection for bonefish and sharks and more research on Goliath grouper and permit are much needed. The commission adopted a series of rules to enhance the state’s protection of Atlantic coastal shark species that take effect in mid-January. It […]

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Catch and release

Catch and release

Very little work has been carried out in the UK to show the mortality rates on fish released by rod and line anglers; consequently much of the findings below are based on fish from overseas. A study http://www.acuteangling.com/Reference/C&RMortality.html was carried out on a variety of different species ( non Shark ) The study suggests an […]

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EU – Norway talks breakdown

EU – Norway talks breakdown

Talks between the European Union and Norway on quotas and total allowable catches (TACs) for North Sea stocks such as cod and haddock have broken down without agreement over the right of the Norwegians to fish for mackerel in EU waters. It is understood the talks will not now resume until the new year. The […]

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Draft UK priorities for 2009 fisheries negotiations

Draft UK priorities for 2009 fisheries negotiations

Overarching objective: a balanced and fair settlement across the range of negotiations, which promotes the long-term sustainable exploitation of fish stocks in European waters and the economic viability of the fisheries sector – whilst reflecting the full extent of UK interests. Subject to consultation and further consideration, the UK’s objectives are likely to be as […]

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EU – Norway talks stall

EU – Norway talks stall

THE annual rounds of talks to agree quotas for those fish stocks managed jointly by the EU and Norway have stalled at the end of what should have been the final session. They will continue into a fifth round in Bergen next week. The talks are part of a complex web of agreements and arrangements […]

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Etive / Sunart recaptures

Etive / Sunart recaptures

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme has focussed attention on Lochs Sunart and Etive because anecdotal evidence suggest there is a unique residential population in and around the Lochs. The government needs factual evidence before it can protect the area. The following are the most recent recaptures in the Etive / Sunart areas. Etive Scott Gibson […]

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Relief for west coast prawners

Relief for west coast prawners

West Coast prawn fishing boats are set for a much-needed boost after the European Commission accepted that they should be exempt from days at sea restrictions. Working with fishermen, the Scottish government has been fighting to have West Coast vessels that catch very little or no cod exempt from EU restrictions. If approved at the […]

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Brixham breakthrough

Brixham breakthrough

SUSTAINABLE fishing sea trials involving Brixham fishermen have produced impressive results which could lead to a breakthrough in attempts to preserve fish stocks, it has been announced today. Beam trawler nets traditionally have a mesh size of at least 80mm which traps a high degree of unwanted catch which has no market value or is […]

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