Archive for September, 2010

Stress in rays and skates

Stress in rays and skates

While tagging is important, the survival of the fish ALWAYS takes priority. Returning the fish as soon as possible minimizes the stress to the animal. Recognizing signs of stress is important. When elasmobranches get stressed, they flush blood to their extremities turning them pink. Stress can be caused by: over playing a fish removing it […]

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Shark Finning video

Shark Finning video

The link below takes you to an interesting video highlighting the need to ban shark finning. It could happen in our life time,  sharks could become extinct and this will a have a huge effect on our seas. Shark finning is an incredibly wasteful activity with up to 90% of the shark being discarded (often still […]

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James features in SNH magazine

James features in SNH magazine

In the autumn edition of SNH’s magazine ‘The Nature of Scotland’ there is a very good article featuring our own James Thorburn and the work of the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme. In the following extract, the article really highlights the contributions that sea anglers make, both to the programme itself and to the Scottish economy […]

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Skate from the shore

Skate from the shore

Damian Greenwood and business partner Morgan Rothwell were on a fishing trip in Scotland when they caught, and returned, five large skate. The fish were all between 130lb and 192lbs, a great achievement, especially as they were fishing from the shore. According to Morgan: “We’ve been trying for a few years, but this year we […]

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SISP – Creel Survey

SISP – Creel Survey

The Scottish Industry-Science Partnership (SISP) aims to encourage cooperation between fishermen and scientists in the interests of improving fisheries management. SISP has funded a project to investigate new ways of surveying fish abundance in nearshore waters particularly in places where trawl surveys would be unsuitable – this is the first time sea angling interests have […]

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Commercial vessels paid to park

Commercial vessels paid to park

A TOTAL of 41 Scottish fishing vessels have been awarded grants, ranging from £65,000 to £250,000 per vessel, under the Scottish Government licence parking scheme – effectively introducing a new decommissioning scheme. C.S. Richard Lochhead announced earlier this week that more than £12million is now in place to support the new ‘4 Pillar’ fisheries management […]

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CEFAS tagging programme

CEFAS tagging programme

CEFAS is planning a porbeagle and spurdog tagging programme and is asking fishermen to help – and offering a reward for those who do. Porbeagle sharks and spurdog populations are vulnerable to fisheries because they grow more slowly. reach maturity later and have fewer young than other fish species, stocks of both species are now […]

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£10,000 towards Beachwatch

£10,000 towards Beachwatch

Hundreds of volunteers are helping to clean up and record the amount of rubbish on Scotland’s beaches this weekend. According to Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead: “The Marine (Scotland) Act passed earlier this year includes measures to preserve the marine and coastal environment and campaigns such as BeachWatch help to achieve these aims. “The Scottish Government […]

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