Archive for February, 2010

Commercial coalition to focus on MPAs

Commercial coalition to focus on MPAs

The new Marine Acts have created legal obligations for the UK and devolved governments to introduce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in UK waters. A new UK-wide fishing industry body, the MPA Fishing Coalition, has been formed to help ensure that the interests of commercial fishermen are fully taken into account during the consultation and designation […]

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EU vessels fishing illegally

EU vessels fishing illegally

In a previously confidential legal opinion, forwarded to the Parliament in July 2009, but finally made public when tabled for debate in the Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, the European Parliament’s Legal Service has declared fishing by European vessels in Western Sahara’s waters to be in violation of international law. The new opinion calls on the European […]

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New basking shark leaflet

New basking shark leaflet

A new leaflet and wall chart are available about Basking Sharks which has been produced by the SNH following their report : "Basking Shark Hotspots on the West Coast of Scotland: Key sites, threats and implications for conservation of the species."  The report is at: http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/commissioned_reports/339.pdf

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Foreign Species Alert

Foreign Species Alert

Update :: An invasive sea squirt has been found recently at Largs.  It has also been recorded south of the Solway and on the Irish coast and it is believed there must be a high chance that it will be found in the Solway. Some advice suggests that early action may be effective in eradicating […]

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EC close to banning trade in tuna ?

EC close to banning trade in tuna ?

The EC is proposing a negotiating stance of a near-total trade ban in bluefin tuna at the upcoming CITES meeting in Doha in a bid to save the fish from serious decline in the Mediterranean; it will also call for restrictions on trade in porbeagle and spiny dogfish shark. A weighted majority of EU member […]

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EC to ban trade in tuna, porbeagle and spiny dogfish ?

EC to ban trade in tuna, porbeagle and spiny dogfish ?

The EC is proposing a negotiating stance of a near-total trade ban in bluefin tuna at the upcoming CITES meeting in Doha in a bid to save the fish from serious decline in the Mediterranean; it will also call for restrictions on trade in porbeagle and spiny dogfish shark. A weighted majority of EU member […]

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Loch Etive ICZM

Loch Etive ICZM

There was a public meeting in Connel on 26 January 2010 regarding the Loch Etive ICZM (Inshore Coastal Zone Management). The meeting record and the presentation given have been added to the Marine and Coastal Development Unit’s pages of the Council website on this page..  Meeting records from the 2005 Loch Etive meetings can also […]

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400 million years old and critically endangered

400 million years old and critically endangered

Is one of the longest running shows on earth about to come to an end? Meet the stars of the show; the Spurdog, the Thornback Ray and the (not so) Common Skate the products of over 400 million years of evolution whose population numbers are now under serious threat primarily from over-fishing. The Species: The […]

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