Archive for September, 2012

Mackerel over-fishing rows could affect Scotland

Mackerel over-fishing rows could affect Scotland

Annual advice from ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) states that the recommended Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for mackerel should fall 15 per cent in 2013, to 542,000 tonnes, while advising further reductions in overall catch in light of the irresponsible over-fishing by Iceland and Faroes that has pushed catch levels above […]

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EU vote against closing shark finning “loopholes”

EU vote against closing shark finning “loopholes”

In what could have been a historic opportunity to close the loopholes which continue to allow the practice of shark finning in European waters, the European politicians who could have made that momentous step, chose otherwise. Yesterday, members of the EU fisheries committee voted in a ‘puzzling and inconsistent manner’ on amendments to current legislation […]

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EU votes against closing shark finning “loopholes”

EU votes against closing shark finning “loopholes”

In what could have been a historic opportunity to close the loopholes which continue to allow the practice of shark finning in European waters, the European politicians who could have made that momentous step, chose otherwise. Yesterday, members of the EU fisheries committee voted in a ‘puzzling and inconsistent manner’ on amendments to current legislation […]

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You wait for ages for a skate and then 7 come along at once!

You wait for ages for a skate and then 7 come along at once!

Sea anglers know that the Irish Sea around the Rhins of Galloway (an ever popular sea angling destination) is always capable of throwing up the odd surprise, but we think it’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted the events of the past weekend. The action started on Friday when a break in the […]

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Scallop dredging could be banned

Scallop dredging could be banned

Scallop dredging has become a major issue in some areas and it is being suggested that it could be banned in large areas around the UK coastline. According to Charles Clover, founder of Fish2Fork, scallop dredgers and trawlers could be forced out of more than 200 protected marine sites in UK waters as a result […]

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Now there’s few cod–pay us off

Now there’s few cod–pay us off

According to sources, following a recent study, Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, said: “The most effective measure in rebuilding fish stocks seems to be removing vessels from service by paying owners to decommission them.” The study, by Defra’s fisheries laboratory, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) […]

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NI skate breeding ground at risk

NI skate breeding ground at risk

News from Marine Conservation Northern Ireland (MCNI). It would appear, Infrastrata, an independent gas storage and petroleum exploration company plan to excavate caverns under Larne Lough and then pump several tonnes of heavy salt brine into the area surrounding the Maidens which are classified a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and also area where common […]

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Restoring fish stocks–a great investment

Restoring fish stocks–a great investment

Restoring European fish stocks could generate up to £14 for every £1 invested, according to a report published today by the New Economics Foundation (NEF). NEF have calculated the costs of restoring fish stocks and found they are far outweighed by the economic benefits in the short and long term. Its “No Catch Investment” report […]

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