Archive for September, 2011

EU to stop cod fishing off West Scotland

EU to stop cod fishing off West Scotland

According to Mike Parks, from the Scottish White Fish Producers Association, based in north-west Scotland, a “state of anarchy” still exists in parts of the fishing industry where everyone is out for what they can get from a diminishing stock. As a result, stocks have collapsed – 88% of European stocks are overexploited and 30% […]

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Kayak Angler Towed Over Half a Mile by 65lb Tope

Kayak Angler Towed Over Half a Mile by 65lb Tope

A man sea-fishing from a kayak was left wishing he had a bigger boat when he was dragged for half a mile after hooking a 6ft (1.8m) shark. Rupert Kirkwood, 51, was fishing from the tiny craft a mile off the Devon coast in the Bristol Channel when he hooked a 65lb (29.5kg) tope shark. […]

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Could shark chemicals protect humans from viruses?

Could shark chemicals protect humans from viruses?

Researchers have claimed that a chemical found in many shark species could potentially be used to protect humans from a wide range of viruses. Shark species including dogfish have a primitive but very effective natural immunity to many pathogens in part due to a powerful antibiotic compound known as squalamine that is produced in the […]

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Sound of Barra SAC consultation

Sound of Barra SAC consultation

This consultation is being carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage on behalf of the Scottish Government on the proposal to designate a Special Area of Conservation in the marine environment.  The consultation runs from 16 September to 9 December 2011. This web page will provide you with information about the proposed location of the site, […]

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SIFT launched

SIFT launched

Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) is a Scottish charity founded in 2011 SIFT believe that despite the importance of inshore waters, their management has been neglected. Over-fishing and the use of fishing gears which damage habitats have not only been permitted but promoted. As a consequence the inshore ecosystem has been degraded and the valuable […]

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SIFT launched

SIFT launched

Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) is a Scottish charity founded in 2011 SIFT believe that despite the importance of inshore waters, their management has been neglected. Over-fishing and the use of fishing gears which damage habitats have not only been permitted but promoted. As a consequence the inshore ecosystem has been degraded and the valuable […]

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Orkney Wave Farm Consultation

Orkney Wave Farm Consultation

Brough Head Wave Farm Ltd (BHWFL) has an “Agreement for Lease” from the Crown Estate for an area of seabed off the west and north coasts of Mainland Orkney ranging from Costa Head in the North to Neban Point in the south-west . This allows site investigations and environmental impact assessments to be carried out […]

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Thresher Shark sighting near the Isle of Man

Thresher Shark sighting near the Isle of Man

A warden from the Calf of Man has reported sighting a thresher shark in Manx waters. Simon Davies was monitoring sea birds when he saw the shark through his telescope off the north of the island. There are only two confirmed records of thresher sharks being seen in Manx waters – in 1898 and in […]

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