Archive for January, 2010

Fishing decisions to be de-centralised

Fishing decisions to be de-centralised

The Parliament’s fisheries committee yesterday (27 January) approved a report by Portuguese centre-right MEP Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, which calls for decision-making to be decentralised, and for fishermen and -women to be given more of a say over the management of stocks. Although this is a non-legislative report, it is significant in that it […]

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EU & Norway reach a deal

EU & Norway reach a deal

The EU and Norway today reached a deal on the management of fisheries this year and, separately, concluded a long-term joint agreement on the management of mackerel stocks. According to Norwegian officials, the two sides also agreed to increase controls and fisheries inspections and to cut quotas for cod, whiting, haddock and plaice in both […]

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Breaking the law ?

Breaking the law ?

A recent report by Oceana asserts EU fisheries management does not comply with International law and may also constitute a breach of the European treaty as there is no chance of reaching the Johannesburg commitment for sustainably by 2015. Oceana fisheries scientists have published a scientific study showing that the reason for the disastrous situation […]

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European Wasteful fisheries

European Wasteful fisheries

By-catches and discards are amongst the main concerns of fisheries management. Every year, more than 27 million tonnes of fish is discarded worldwide. In the NE Atlantic, where most of the EU fleet operate, the level of discard is estimated at approximately 2.7 million tonnes per year. But the real level of by-catch and discards […]

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The key to salmon conservation

The key to salmon conservation

RESPONSIBLE ANGLERS hold the key to conserving the River Tay’s dwindling salmon stocks, the fishing fraternity were told yesterday. Speaking on the opening day of the salmon fishing season, Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board chairman Bill Jack expressed confidence that anglers would embrace the voluntary “catch and release” code of practice ensuring more draconian measures […]

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Swine flu threatens sharks

Swine flu threatens sharks

The effects of the swine flu upon sharks is not a direct one – these animals are not finding themselves coming down with cases of H1N1 like humans and other land animals. However, they are being threatened in a grave way by the virus through the pharmaceutical process which requires a substance – Squalene – […]

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Smallest ever whale shark ?

Smallest ever whale shark ?

From the Sky News page at http://tinyurl.com/yhdzcqf The world’s smallest ever whale shark has reportedly been discovered in waters off the eastern Philippines. The baby whale shark measured just 15 inches and was found in shallow water off Donsol in the Philippine province of Sorsogon on Saturday. Activists for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) who […]

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Basking Shark hotspot

Basking Shark hotspot

A NEW report has identified two areas on the west coast of Scotland – Gunna Sound between the islands of Coll and Tiree and the sea around the islands of Canna and Hyskeir – as ‘hotspots’ for basking sharks, the second largest fish in the world. The report, published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), identified […]

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