Archive for August, 2010

The Islay tope festival

The Islay tope festival

The Islay Tope Festival was a huge success with over 70 anglers attending the weekend out of Bowmore. 11 tope were tagged and released as well as many that ‘got away!’. Read the full story under anglers yarns for more information. You can read more about the festival here.

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Panorama – disappearing wildlife – The Clyde

Panorama – disappearing wildlife – The Clyde

The Panorama program of 30/08/10 discusses the impact of overfishing and the decline of species on land which has left some experts saying it is getting both harder and more expensive for the UK to feed itself. The Clyde is the subject of a couple of segments (starting 03.30 and 24.00 minutes in) containing interviews […]

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Meids nae mair

Meids nae mair

A new book – Water in Burgidale – by Cunningsburgh-based writer Charlie Simpson charts the amazing revolution which has taken place in marine navigation over the past 60 years. Until the mid-20th century navi­gation at sea relied on a combination of observation and memory. Most fishing was done within sight of land, and “meids” were […]

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£15 million of unfortunate mackerel

£15 million of unfortunate mackerel

SIX skippers have admitted making illegal landings worth almost £15 million in the biggest scam in the history of Scotland’s fishing industry. The six included – David Hutchison and  Robert Polson – vice chairman & director of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association who admitted 49 landings totaling £3,698K and 46 landings totaling £3,682K respectively. The […]

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Better distribution of fishing rights

Better distribution of fishing rights

A Swedish government report FISKE2020 on its fishing industry is proposing radical changes to allow a better distribution of fishing rights between the commercial and recreational sectors. The report which is over 120 pages long is published by the Swedish Board of Fisheries which says FISKE2020 aims to provide a basis for the debate on […]

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Article 47 / 55 angler catch assessment

Article 47 / 55 angler catch assessment

You may remember the furore from last year when recreational sea angling was dragged into the EU common fisheries policy proposals in the guise of control regulation Article 47. After we led an email campaign and contacted MEP Struan Stephenson, he organized a protest in the European Parliament; this along with the efforts of other […]

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A sign of the times

A sign of the times

The latest strategic plan by the Environment Agency for England and Wales has shifted from a vision which opened with "a better quality of life for people, and an enhanced environment for wildlife", plus other commitments regarding cleaner air, water and soils, sustainability, climate change adaptation and finally reduced flooding risk, to one with four […]

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Islay Tope Festival 2010

Islay Tope Festival 2010

Islay hosts an annual tope fishing event dubbed the “Islay Tope Fishing Festival”. This is an open event for any anglers interested in taking part, please note though that boat space must be sorted out prior to the event, visitors are welcome to bring their own boat too! This event has been a big success […]

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