Archive for May, 2012

Fisheries Ministers backsliding

Fisheries Ministers backsliding

Fisheries Ministers from several European governments are backsliding on commitments to make fishing sustainable. Talks on Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform are seeking important changes such as eliminating discards, reducing fishing fleets and rebuilding fish stocks but due to pressure form commercial fishing interests, the original aim of repopulating stocks by 2015 is now facing […]

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Fishermen reel in “largest shark ever caught in UK waters”

Fishermen reel in “largest shark ever caught in UK waters”

Anglers Wayne Comben and Graeme Pullen were fishing for and tagging small tope and bull huss when they captured what is thought to be the largest shark ever caught in British waters. For an hour and a half, the pair fought to reel in the massive Porbeagle shark, thought to be the largest ever caught […]

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Sharkatag 2012–3 weeks to go

Sharkatag 2012–3 weeks to go

Just a wee reminder – only 3 weeks to go – book your place here. Sharkatag  operates from  four main centres …… Drummore, Sandhead, Isle of Whithorn & Brighouse Bay at Kirkudbright and takes place around mid-summer from marks around the Solway and SW Scotland with the focus on tagging tope, smoothound and collecting data […]

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Sharkatag 2012–3 weeks to go

Sharkatag 2012–3 weeks to go

Just a wee reminder – only 3 weeks to go – book your place here. Sharkatag  operates from  four main centres …… Drummore, Sandhead, Isle of Whithorn & Brighouse Bay at Kirkudbright and takes place around mid-summer from marks around the Solway and SW Scotland with the focus on tagging tope, smoothound and collecting data […]

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Black fish worth a million

Black fish worth a million

Ian Buchan, master of the Quantas fishing vessel has been ordered to pay £1 million as part of the notorious Scottish black fish fraud case. The fine is one of the largest ever made against an individual in Scotland; Buchan was one of the vessel masters and three processing factories who conspired to under report […]

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Monitoring Programme Fails to Tag any Great Whites

Monitoring Programme Fails to Tag any Great Whites

A two month-long program to capture and track sharks has wrapped up in south-west Western Australia, despite failing to tag a single great white. The shark monitoring project is part of a two-year State Government program aimed at understanding the movements of the elusive great white. The Department of Fisheries’ Mike Burgess says no great […]

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Public consultation MSFD

Public consultation MSFD

A public consultation is currently being held on implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.  As part of the consultation process, Marine Scotland plan to hold an information event on 25 May at the Barceló Edinburgh Carlton Hotel.  This will follow a similar format to the information event recently hosted by DEFRA. If you are […]

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Weight curves / charts for sharks

Weight curves / charts for sharks

SSACN’s Give Fish A Chance (GFAC) initiative reflects the fact that many anglers are keen to do what they can to ensure the minimal impact to the environment and to the fish themselves. One area where this can be really important is how to quickly weigh a fish you do not intend to retain yet […]

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