Archive for December, 2010

Record Committee recognise new list

Record Committee recognise new list

The British Record Fish Committee (BRFC) has announced substantial changes to the way it recognises potential record boat-caught sea fish. The BRFC will now run ‘significant fish list’  alongside the British record list in order to recognise large fish caught by anglers who don’t want to kill them to have them weighed on approved scales […]

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Motion to regulate scallop dredging

Motion to regulate scallop dredging

MP Katy Clark has tabled an  Early Day Motion at the UK parliament ro regulate scallop dredging, it reads as follows : “That this House notes with concern the impact which scallop dredging is having on the marine environment; further notes that this practice has only started in recent decades and effectively scrapes the seabed […]

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SSTP update in Reading Room

SSTP update in Reading Room

The December update on the progress of the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) is now available in the Reading Room. The SSTP relies heavily on the voluntary efforts of sea anglers and we would like to say a big thank you to all those who give so freely of their time and effort. Since our […]

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Commercial fishing rubbish costs £13M/yr

Commercial fishing rubbish costs £13M/yr

SCOTTISH fishermen are losing up to £13 million a year because the sea is filling up with increasing amounts of their own rubbish, according to a new report. Catches are either increasingly contaminated or fishing boats break down because propellers are fouled, often on discarded fishing gear. Marine pollution in Scotland – and the cost […]

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£400K funding for the commercial fishermen

£400K funding for the commercial fishermen

The Scottish Government is to provide up to £400,000 pounds to help commercial fishermen cover the cost of acquiring on-board monitoring equipment to support the take up of ‘catch quotas’ which allow for all fish caught to be landed. In theory this is meant to stop the wasteful practice of discards as the fishing practices […]

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European Parliament endorses resolution on finning

European Parliament endorses resolution on finning

The European Parliament has endorsed a resolution a proposal to prohibit the removal of shark fins on-board vessels. Shark finning is the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea and sharks’ tendency to grow slowly, mature late and/or produce a small number of young makes them exceptionally vulnerable […]

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2011 Scottish quotas

2011 Scottish quotas

Updated:: Scotland’s commercial fishing fleet faces more hefty quota cuts after more than two days of talks in Brussels. The talks delivered cuts of 25% across the board for cod, whiting and haddock, and a 2% cut for monkfish; west coast prawns are cut by 15% which as the 2010 quota wasn’t fully taken up […]

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CCTV pioneer boat excluded from scheme

CCTV pioneer boat excluded from scheme

The Peterhead-registered trawler Fairline, one of the vessels fitted with a CCTV camera system as part of a Scottish Government pilot scheme to establish whether the technology could be used to gather reliable data on catches and discards has now been excluded from the scheme after a relief skipper broke the rules by throwing one […]

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