Archive for June, 2011

Commonplace but unusual

Commonplace but unusual

Strange happenings down the Mull of Galloway. Trevor Armitage, a consultant from South Shields hospital, caught a 170lb common skate yesterday aboard a local charter boat. Nothing particularly unusual about that, you might think;  the fact that it was caught on a Penn 6-12 lb class boat rod in a 4 knot tide may raise […]

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CFP Progress report

CFP Progress report

The European Commission (EC) has published its report on progress achieved in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) over the last few years and its suggestions for fishing opportunities in EU waters in 2012. Commissioner Maria Damanaki emphasized that she intends to introduce a new, precautionary approach when proposing fishing possibilities: for fish stocks where scientific […]

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Sharkatag 2011 – A quick review

Sharkatag 2011 – A quick review

Once again Sharkatag received terrific support with anglers fishing from over 50 boats and, reflecting the growth of this sector of our sport, a new record 20+ kayaks took part and although there were many tagging stalwarts a good number of newcomers to the sport and Sharkatag were also welcomed. Friday was very disappointing in […]

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Sharkatag 2011 – A quick review

Sharkatag 2011 – A quick review

Once again Sharkatag received terrific support with anglers fishing from over 50 boats and, reflecting the growth of this sector of our sport, a new record 20+ kayaks took part and although there were many tagging stalwarts a good number of newcomers to the sport and Sharkatag were also welcomed. Friday was very disappointing in […]

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The spirit of Sharkatag

The spirit of Sharkatag

Feedback from a participant : We had a terrific time at Sharkatag. It was truly brilliant.  Not a lot of fish but great enjoyment.  As requested I have attached a few photographs from our trip to the event, hope they show the atmosphere of the event?. Yesterday with the swell it was an amazing sight […]

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Greater protection for Scotland’s sharks

Greater protection for Scotland’s sharks

Press release from the Scottish Government. New rules are being drafted to increase protection of vulnerable species of shark, skate and ray in Scotland. Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said the Scottish Government intended to introduce a protection order for the species, collectively known as elasmobranchs. Subject to parliamentary approval, this will give greater protection for […]

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Scottish MPA Project – call for comments

Scottish MPA Project – call for comments

The assessment of least damaged more natural locations is one strand of work being undertaken by Scottish Marine Protected Area (MPA) project partners to identify a ecologically coherent MPA network.  It aims to identify locations where there is little known activity and may therefore be in a relatively natural state.  Following the recent Scottish MPA […]

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Greater protection for Scotland’s sharks

Greater protection for Scotland’s sharks

Press release from the Scottish Government. New rules are being drafted to increase protection of vulnerable species of shark, skate and ray in Scotland. Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said the Scottish Government intended to introduce a protection order for the species, collectively known as elasmobranchs. Subject to parliamentary approval, this will give greater protection for […]

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