Archive for January, 2012

How Nuclear Bombs May Play a Role in Basking Shark Conservation

How Nuclear Bombs May Play a Role in Basking Shark Conservation

A fascinating article by Li Ling Hamady of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography explains how scientists have found a “silver lining to mushroom clouds” by using the remnants of a past nuclear age to try and protect remaining populations of Basking Sharks which are considered vulnerable to critically endangered worldwide. Though they are the […]

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Scots trawlers top fraud figures

Scots trawlers top fraud figures

Illegal fishing by Scots trawler operators dominates the 2011 Scottish fraud figures, a new study from KPMG has found. One case dominates the findings an alleged black fishing fraud – accounting for £91 million of the £96million total, according to KPMG’s Fraud Barometer. This is a more than 100% increase on 2010 when fraud due […]

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Longliners Must Now Return Tope

Longliners Must Now Return Tope

Commercial fishermen using longlines, which are thought to take a huge amount of tope bycatch, must now return tope (and other sharks) to the sea unharmed in most European waters. From the official journal of the EU catches taken from EU and international waters of I, IIa, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII and XIV […]

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Longliners must return tope

Longliners must return tope

Commercial fishermen using longlines, which are thought to take a huge amount of tope bycatch, must now return tope (and other sharks) to the sea unharmed in most European waters. From the official journal of the EU catches taken from EU and international waters of I, IIa, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII and XIV […]

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EU Consultation on invasive alien species

EU Consultation on invasive alien species

Invasive alien species (IAS) are species whose introduction and/or spread, outside their natural past or present distribution, threatens biological diversity. They may cause serious damage not only to ecosystems but also to crops and livestock, disrupting the local ecology, impacting on human health and producing serious economic effects. While some EU instruments are dealing with […]

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Scottish commercials damaging Indian Ocean stocks

Scottish commercials damaging Indian Ocean stocks

The Sunday Herald has revealed that at least five vessels registered in Scotland have been licensed to fish in the Indian Ocean and off the northwest African coast. More than 700 vessels from European Union (EU) countries are fishing seas outwith the EU, mostly from Spain, France and Portugal,  but they also include vessels registered […]

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Two Days Afloat in Loch Sunart

Two Days Afloat in Loch Sunart

By Gordon Goldie With the higher than normal winds curtailing a lot of boat fishing pretty much since the Tagathon event in November, I’d been dying to get back up to my boat at Loch Sunart for a couple of days to see what was about. As always, I’d been watching the weather forecast for […]

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European Marine and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

European Marine and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

This consultation seeks views on the European Commission’s proposals for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The European Commission published their proposals for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) that will replace the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. The EMFF is structured around four pillars: Smart, Green […]

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