Archive for April, 2012

6 mile limit for scallop dredgers

6 mile limit for scallop dredgers

A group of static fishermen are seeking a meeting with the government to try to get scallop dredging banned off the East Yorkshire coast as they say that Scottish and the Isle of Man boats coming to the area are causing damage to their fishing gear. Unlike Scotland, in English waters, scallop dredging is normally […]

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Scar Tissue Formation Around Tag Sites

Scar Tissue Formation Around Tag Sites

Floy Dart tags as used by the SSTP are widely used around the world and as such the effects of dart tagging is well researched. While healing from a tag may take longer than a normal wound due to the presence of the tag, the shark’s body will eventually form an area of fibrous scar […]

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Stricter EU Shark Fin Ban Proposal Welcomed

Stricter EU Shark Fin Ban Proposal Welcomed

The European Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted yesterday in favour of a strict European ban on shark finning. Although shark finning is technically banned in European waters and for EU vessels, loopholes in the current legislation make it extremely difficult to enforce. The European Parliament is currently debating a proposal […]

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What a surprise

What a surprise

THE  National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has said it is surprised – even shocked –  by  the latest assessment  of North Sea and West of Scotland saithe which indicates all is not well for the stock. The NFFO claim the saithe stock had been consistent with a fishery maximum sustainable yield for four or […]

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Sharkatag 2012 poster available

Sharkatag 2012 poster available

This year Sharkatag takes place 14-16th June from marks around the Solway and SW Scotland. NB :: Sharkatag is not a competition – its main aim are to highlight the urgent need for shark and ray conservation in Scottish waters, and to raise the public awareness of sea angling. As always, the focus is on […]

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Sharkatag 2012 poster available

Sharkatag 2012 poster available

This year Sharkatag takes place 14-16th June from marks around the Solway and SW Scotland. NB :: Sharkatag is not a competition – its main aim are to highlight the urgent need for shark and ray conservation in Scottish waters, and to raise the public awareness of sea angling. As always, the focus is on […]

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Interesting tope recapture

Interesting tope recapture

Thanks to a commercial skipper and his crew we have just received notice of an interesting recapture. A tope (7929), originally tagged last July off the Mull of Galloway, was recaptured off the Outer Hebrides – it’s not very often a tagged tope is recaptured well North of its original tagging location. After noting the […]

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Skate Tagathon–Final day

Skate Tagathon–Final day

Another slow day, but it got off to a great start for Suzanne MacKay on board Shooting Star with the re-capture of a 207lb female Skate, it was also Suzanne’s first skate. The weather was glorious with no wind and bright sunshine which made the slow fishing easy to bear. John McBlane on Black Pig […]

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