Archive for March, 2011

Minister Promises to Involve Anglers in Decision-Making

Minister Promises to Involve Anglers in Decision-Making

Angling Trust PR. At the Angling Summit, held on Monday, Environment and Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP promised that the marine and freshwater angling community would be closely involved in decision-making at a local level and nationally through its representative body, the Angling Trust. As an example he indicated that he was prepared to take […]

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Revised Marine Nature Conservation strategy

Revised Marine Nature Conservation strategy

Marine Scotland (MS) consulted stakeholders on its draft marine nature conservation strategy in March 2010 and has revised the strategy accordingly. The final version of the strategy, which outlines MS’s aims and objectives for protecting and enhancing Scotland’s marine biodiversity, was recently approved by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and may […]

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UK Parliamentary questions on discards

UK Parliamentary questions on discards

Stephen Metcalfe:To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on reductions in fishing discards; and if she will make a statement. [47216] Richard Benyon: I was delighted to participate in a recent high level meeting on discards with the EU Commission and other member states, […]

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Sharks in Scotland’s Marine Atlas

Sharks in Scotland’s Marine Atlas

In the atlas of Scotland’s seas there is a specific section relating to the species of shark found in Scottish waters which highlights : Elasmobranchs range throughout the oceans and can be found in all oceanic and coastal zones. Scotland has over 30 species of sharks, skates and rays recorded in its waters of which […]

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Sharks in Scotland’s Marine Atlas

Sharks in Scotland’s Marine Atlas

An atlas of Scotland’s seas – providing a visual representation of its competing uses, productivity and health – has been compiled for the first time. It is being made freely available online so that anyone with an interest in the varied waters around Scotland’s shores can find out more. In addition, school packs have been […]

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CFP – Making things simpler

CFP – Making things simpler

Extracts from a speech by Maria Damanaki – European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries The new Common Fisheries Policy: making things simpler Ladies and gentlemen, I would rather (like to) take this opportunity to address another, equally pressing topic: the upcoming reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. I am determined to make our policy […]

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The One Show tagging spurdog

The One Show tagging spurdog

Just in case you missed it – James Thorburn, Gordon and Sarah Goldie and David McNair made an appearance on The One Show last night highlighting the work of the SSTP, spurdog and Loch Etive. Have a look here from 11:20 to 16.00 minutes in the programme. As always, an awful lot more work went […]

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No offshore wind in the Solway

No offshore wind in the Solway

The Scottish Government Blue Seas – Green Energy Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters has been published. Importantly for those interested in the Solway, the plan states that: South West (Solway and Wigtown Bay) This region and these sites specifically present significant problems for the development of offshore wind. The […]

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