Archive for December, 2011

Common skate – fished to extinction ?

Common skate – fished to extinction ?

A species of common skate is to become the first marine fish species to be driven to extinction by commercial fishing, due to an error of species classification 80 years ago, reveals research published today in the journal Aquatic Conservation. The European common skate, Dipturus batis, has been on the World Conservation Union’s Red List […]

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Cod recovery measures–Clyde spawning closure

Cod recovery measures–Clyde spawning closure

The Scottish Government has, since 2002, implemented a spawning season closure in the Firth of Clyde which complements the Irish Sea closure provided for under EU legislation. For both 2012 and 2013, the Scottish Government believes that there is a clear case for continuing the practice of a spawning season closure by rolling over the […]

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Scoping Study for Offshore Wind Farm Development in Scottish Waters

Scoping Study for Offshore Wind Farm Development in Scottish Waters

The Scottish Government has set a range of targets for energy and climate change which and include meeting at least 30% of total energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, incorporating:100% of electricity demand from renewables (31% by 2011)11% of heat demand from renewables10% of transport fuel from renewables. In addition, the Climate Change (Scotland) […]

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SSACN AGM–Cancelled

SSACN AGM–Cancelled

Tonight’s (8/12/11) AGM has been cancelled because of the storm force winds that are due for the region today and the to the long distances many members need to travel. The police and met office are advising there will be trees down and local flooding. We will publish an alternative date once we have determined […]

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SSACN AGM–Cancelled

SSACN AGM–Cancelled

Tonight’s (8/12/11) AGM has been cancelled because of the storm force winds that are due for the region today and the to the long distances many members need to travel. The police and met office are advising there will be trees down and local flooding. We will publish an alternative date once we have determined […]

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Clyde SSMEI not fit for purpose

Clyde SSMEI not fit for purpose

The EC has developed a set of common principles for marine spatial planning in the European Union. An examination of the Clyde Pilot SSMEI (Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative) against those principles has found major shortcomings in the Clyde Pilot. In a paper by Flannery and Cinneide (2011) they conclude the pilot “largely failed to […]

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The Origins of Shark Tagging Programmes

The Origins of Shark Tagging Programmes

In comparison to fish tagging as a whole, shark tagging is a relatively recent activity. Shark tagging really began with the development of plastic Peterson disc and dart tags; before 1940 only 1,005 elasmobranchs had been tagged and released in UK waters, by 1950 shark tagging projects were well established in both the Atlantic and […]

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