Archive for August, 2012

Update from the Dutch Sharkatag

Update from the Dutch Sharkatag

Eleven charter boats, 230 participants, a truckload of ragworm, no less than 95 shark caught and substantial media interest. That’s the Dutch Sharkatag 2012 in a nutshell. Like our Scottish Sharkatag, the Dutch Sharkatag is a three day event; this year it took place over the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of August off the coast […]

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SHAMED continue to attack SAC plan

SHAMED continue to attack SAC plan

THE Southern Hebrides Against Marine Environmental Designations (SHAMED) group has launched a fresh attempt to block plans for the establishment of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the Sound of Barra. One of SHAMED’s objections is their conviction that the current and previous Environment Ministers – Stewart Stevenson, Michael Russell and Roseanna Cunningham – […]

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SI – The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland)

SI – The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland)

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/228) The above Scottish Statutory Instrument was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 31 July under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 in order to come into force on 16 August. The Instrument will amend the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 and […]

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Request to measure clasper length

Request to measure clasper length

A request from James Thorburn – As part of my research, I am trying to identify important areas for tope and spurdog, such as breeding grounds and nursery areas. As part of this, it is important to gauge the maturity status of both sexes in the area. With female sharks, other than size, there are […]

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Request to measure clasper length

Request to measure clasper length

A request from James Thorburn – As part of my research, I am trying to identify important areas for tope and spurdog, such as breeding grounds and nursery areas. As part of this, it is important to gauge the maturity status of both sexes in the area. With female sharks, other than size, there are […]

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Saved from a slow death in gillnet

Saved from a slow death in gillnet

From one of our colleagues in the Orkneys. A local angler caught a spurdog which was swimming around caught up in some gillnet. It was still feeding obviously, but also slowly getting its head cut off as the image shows. The angler cut away all the net and the spurdog swam away, hopefully the wounds […]

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Saved from a slow death in gillnet

Saved from a slow death in gillnet

From one of our colleagues in the Orkneys. A local angler caught a spurdog which was swimming around caught up in some gillnet. It was still feeding obviously, but also slowly getting its head cut off as the image shows. The angler cut away all the net and the spurdog swam away, hopefully the wounds […]

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Scallop dredgers and trawlers to be excluded from a quarter of inshore waters

Scallop dredgers and trawlers to be excluded from a quarter of inshore waters

Until now, government officials have interpreted fishing as an existing activity which did not require an environmental assessment. Under pressure from the environmental groups ClientEarth and the Marine Conservation Society, who mounted a legal campaign, they have been forced to change that interpretation.” The new legal ruling has been made for European marine sites in […]

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