Archive for February, 2011

Lochhead angry at snub

Lochhead angry at snub

The Scottish Government has complained that land-locked countries are being given the chance to discuss EU fisheries policy whilst his request to Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki was turned down and the UK Government is "unwilling" to let him go.  Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead wanted to outline efforts in Scotland to cut the wasteful practice, known […]

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NSRAC position on discards

NSRAC position on discards

The North Sea Regional Advisory Council (NSRAC) has stated its position on discards ahead of a high-level political summit convened by European Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries Maria Damanaki. The RAC’s Demersal Working Group met to discuss the issue in Edinburgh and said afterwards that the NSRAC is totally committed to reducing discards. It […]

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Oceana urges EU to ammend finning ban

Oceana urges EU to ammend finning ban

Oceana has strongly urged the EC to amend the EU shark finning ban by requiring all sharks to be landed with their fins still attached. The existing regulation on finning was intended to stop this wasteful practice, but is deeply flawed and extremely difficult to enforce. “Scientists and international experts have increasingly recognized that a […]

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MPA selection guidelines

MPA selection guidelines

The Scottish Government has just published guidelines for the selection of Marine Protected Areas. Background The Marine (Scotland) Act and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act include new powers and duties to designate Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to protect features of importance to Scotland. The Marine (Scotland) Act includes provisions to designate MPAs for […]

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MPA selection guidelines

MPA selection guidelines

The Scottish Government has just published guidelines for the selection of Marine Protected Areas. Background The Marine (Scotland) Act and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act include new powers and duties to designate Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to protect features of importance to Scotland. The Marine (Scotland) Act includes provisions to designate MPAs for […]

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EU to lose right to tuna

EU to lose right to tuna

The EU might lose the right to catch bluefin tuna this year. EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki has written to Spain, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, telling them that the European fleet runs the risk of not being allowed to catch its quota for 2011 if they do not submit their plans for recovery of tuna […]

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North Sea discards 2006-2008

North Sea discards 2006-2008

The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) of the European Commission compiles data on landings and discards of the main commercial species by fishing gear type. The following estimates of landings and discards by trawlers are based on the STECF data. The estimates cover the three most recent years for which data have […]

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Defra propose to collect angling data

Defra propose to collect angling data

Defra has asked the Angling Trust to comment on a recent draft proposal to collect data on catches from recreational sea anglers. This is being done under the guise of a need to conform to EU requirements under the EU Control Regulations and the EU Data Collection Framework – parts of the Common Fisheries Policy […]

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