Archive for November, 2012

Drastically reducing discards ?

Drastically reducing discards ?

Discards – where fish are thrown away at sea – have been virtually eliminated by fishermen taking part in current trials, according to the latest catch quota report from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). For years the commercial fishing sector argued that discards were unavoidable, but thanks to a number of more forward thinking skippers […]

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England–Wales angling survey results

England–Wales angling survey results

Earlier in the year, the Environment Agency Fisheries Team working with the Angling Trust undertook a National Angling Survey. Over 29,000 anglers and 780 angling organisations replied, making this one of the biggest ever surveys of anglers. As well as giving views on various issues affecting angling, respondents also helped with the creation of a […]

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SSTP A5 Leaflet

SSTP A5 Leaflet

Now available for download from the Reading Room Thanks to Jamie and Bad Panda Graphics. Feel free to download, print out and hand around.       .

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Sea angling survey–Northern Ireland

Sea angling survey–Northern Ireland

THE LOUGHS Agency invites all sea anglers fishing in Northern Ireland to take part in a survey to improve the resource through direct engagement with the sea angling community. The survey is part of a Northern Ireland Inshore Fisheries project funded by the European Fisheries Fund, through the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and […]

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SEPA consultation

SEPA consultation

SEPA has prepared a draft supplementary plan on ‘Improving the physical condition of Scotland’s water environment’ and a  consultation regarding it has been launched by Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change.  The draft plan will be available for consultation on SEPA’s website until 27 February 2013.  The aim of the plan […]

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Trawlers could damage MPAs

Trawlers could damage MPAs

The life history characteristics of  bottom feeding fish make them particularly vulnerable to fishing mortality. This was highlighted again in a recent study into the impact on elasmobranchs  which found that Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are only likely to be effective only if commercial fishing effort is kept within a level which is consistent with […]

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Barra SAC Independent Review

Barra SAC Independent Review

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse has asked for an independent review to examine the scientific case for the proposed special area of conservation (SAC) in the Sound of Barra in the Western Isles. According to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the designation is needed to protect rare and fragile marine life but local interests are concerned that […]

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Forces–shark tagging opportunity

Forces–shark tagging opportunity

A unique adventurous training opportunity is up for grabs thanks to a group of service personnel interested in Marine Conservation. The Joint Services Shark Tagging Team was set up in 2006 and since then they have tagged 50 sharks in the Pacific Ocean. They are in the throws of arranging their fourth expedition to the […]

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