Archive for February, 2012

MPs refuse to ban discards

MPs refuse to ban discards

Westminster MPs have refused to ban the controversial practice of discarding surplus fish back into the sea, a practice which results in about 1 Million tonnes of fish being thrown back each year in the North Sea alone. Fishermen should be allowed to continue discarding edible fish at sea, despite public pressure to stop the […]

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How do you save a shark you know nothing about?

How do you save a shark you know nothing about?

Below is a video of an excellent, inspirational talk from Dr Simon Berrow, a marine biologist dedicated to conserving Basking Sharks (known locally as Liabhán chor gréine which literally means “great fish of the sun”). The talk was given at TEDxDublin and discusses some of the threats facing Basking Sharks and the high tech – […]

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Fisheries Minister welcomes penalties

Fisheries Minister welcomes penalties

17 Scottish skippers and one processing plant were fined a total of £960,000  in the High Court for offences relating to undeclared fish landings between 2002 and 2005 in contravention of sea fishing legislation. Speaking after the court hearings, Lindsey Miller, Head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division, said: “Organised crime takes many forms. […]

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Scottish MPA decision making process

Scottish MPA decision making process

As part of the Scottish MPA project, third parties were invited to make suggestions for MPAs: anyone, from an individual person to an organisation or industry sector, could make a submission for Marine Scotland/SNH/JNCC to assess against a set of stringent selection guidelines. Third parties were invited to submit proposals for either a Nature Conservation […]

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Scottish stocks data deficient

Scottish stocks data deficient

More than half of the main species landed by Scottish whitefish vessels come from stocks that are ‘data deficient’, according to a review carried out by the NAFC Marine Centre. Data-deficient fish stocks are those for which the data needed to carry out a scientific assessment are not available. The review found that of the […]

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Shark Social Networks

Shark Social Networks

Sharks have a reputation for being ruthless, solitary predators, but evidence is mounting that certain species enjoy complex social lives that include longstanding relationships and teamwork. A new study, published in the latest Animal Behaviour, documents how one population of blacktip reef sharks is actually organized into four communities and two subcommunities. The research shows […]

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Valentine’s day smoothie

Valentine’s day smoothie

An update from the guys at Sportfishing the Netherlands. Last year they started a smoothhound tagging programme and on Valentine’s day they were informed of the recapture of one of their fish in the Bay of Biscay – around a 1000Km from where it was originally tagged on 20.08.11 More information on the sharks and […]

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Fresh fish on your mobile

Fresh fish on your mobile

Nofima is quadrupling the number of different fish species you can check with the iPhone app “How fresh is your fish?”. You can now use the app, which enables you to evaluate how fresh fish is, to check pollock, haddock, herring, turbot, sole, brill, redfish, deep-water shrimps, fjord shrimps and peeled shrimps. The first version […]

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