Archive for July, 2010

Latest SSACN Newsletter

Latest SSACN Newsletter

Now available here (pdf) – a round up of some of SSACN’s activities to date this year. The newsletter focuses on two major projects – The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP – www.tagsharks.com) and a Scottish Industry Science Partnership (SISP) activity, where SSACN are the industry lead, to develop a standard process for undertaking near-shore […]

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With the BBC in Loch Etive

With the BBC in Loch Etive

The BBC approached the SSTP as they were interested in the conservation work we are doing involving sea anglers and Spurdog. They joined the SSTP aboard Ronnie Campbells boat Laura Dawn to try and tag some Spurdog in Loch Etive. The presenter Frank Pope, who also writes for the Times on marine issues, showed lots […]

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Top Taggers

Top Taggers

Most tagging schemes offer a small reward to anyone who reports the details of any initial / recapture tagging data. The SSTP has decided to award fishing caps which we hope our volunteers will be proud to wear. In order to highlight the level of effort we will be awarding caps at three levels; providing […]

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Double standards ?

Double standards ?

When the commercial sector are compelled to discard fish that are over quota, they publicise such events with enormous enthusiasm. Such practices, they say, are abhorrent, are wasteful and even immoral and blame governments and scientists whilst seeking ‘sympathy’ for the poor fishermen who are forced to throw the fish back. Although the deep water […]

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Solway for tourists and anglers – or windfarms ?

Solway for tourists and anglers – or windfarms ?

A MASSIVE windfarm development off the Stewartry coast could have a devastating effect on the fragile tourist industries, especially those associated with sea angling which is worth around £25 million/yr to the area. Alarm bells are ringing after it emerged some of the huge turbines covering 52 square kilometres of Wigtown Bay will be less […]

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The last British Angel

The last British Angel

Update :: THE Marine Management Organisation (MMO) the fishing watchdog for England and Wales has presented the Natural History Museum in Plymouth with a rare (dead) angel shark. The shark was mistakenly being sold as a more common fish, but officers recognised it as a protected species. In April 2008 the angel shark was given […]

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BBC in Loch Etive

BBC in Loch Etive

The BBC approached the SSTP as they were interested in the conservation work that we are doing involving sea anglers and Spurdog, they joined the SSTP aboard Ronnie Campbells boat Laura Dawn to try and tag some Spurdog in Loch Etive. The presenter Frank Pope, who also writes for the Times on marine issues, showed […]

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A catastrophe in waiting

A catastrophe in waiting

Failure to reform the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) could be catastrophic for fish stocks EU Fisheries Ministers were told at a Luxembourg summit and following a presentation by Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Fisheries Ministers had an exchange of views on the available policy options for the reform of the CFP. Unsurprisingly, the meeting was told that […]

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