Archive for October, 2010

Fishing an economic catalyst

Fishing an economic catalyst

There is no question, that given the availability of fish stocks, fishing festivals and competitions will bring in hundreds of anglers, who may also come with family or friends. They all spend money whilst in the area which helps push the economic impact upward. Compare and contrast the differing approaches between the US and Scotland. […]

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Crinan skate on Animal 24:7

Crinan skate on Animal 24:7

The item is no longer available to watch. This morning’s Animal 24:7 show featured an item on the SSTP’s work tagging skate at Crinan. You can view it via the BBC website; the item is in two parts, the first part starts 7mins 30 secs into the programme and the second part starts 29mins 50 […]

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EU lack ambition on tuna

EU lack ambition on tuna

EU Fisheries Commissioner Damanaki  is looking for innovative actions when reforming the CFP  – but even now she can’t get agreement from some Members States on a much needed recovery plan for Atlantic bluefin tuna. France’s Minister, whose fleet is notorious for overfishing bluefin tuna, is even defending the status quo. What chance CFP reform […]

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Damanaki wants real reform

Damanaki wants real reform

Maria Damanaki, the European Fisheries Commissioner will host a key one day conference on the future of fisheries next month and has let it be known she wants real reform when the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) comes into force in January 2013. Last week, she told the European Parliament fisheries committee that reform of […]

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£11 million for the commercials

£11 million for the commercials

THE Scottish commercial fishing industry has received  another  near £11-million boost from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). A total of 114 companies are set to share in the £10.9 million grant awards which could save hundreds of jobs and help finance new developments. Typical payouts include £1.07million towards the cost of upgrading a salmon farm […]

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What chance mackerel and herring

What chance mackerel and herring

Some time ago, Vónin launched a large pelagic trawl that was intended for pair trawling, its performance was quite extraordinary, and the catches were 5 to 6 times higher than towing with one vessel using trawl doors; the ratio was also the same when used in pair trawling. The size of the trawl is 2688 […]

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Hong Kong to ban trawling

Hong Kong to ban trawling

Hong Kong has taken the first steps towards a total ban on all trawl fishing. In his policy address for 2010-2011, Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang noted that “in recent years, Hong Kong’s marine environment has been affected by pollution and capture fisheries, resulting in a declining quality of fish catches”. “To protect our […]

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Blue whiting stocks in a dire state

Blue whiting stocks in a dire state

At a meeting of European coastal states in London yesterday it was agreed to reduce catches from just over 540,000 tones a year to just 40,000 tons in 2011 because of the dire state of the fishery. The reductions are in line with the recommendation of the International Council for the Explorations of the Seas […]

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