Archive for January, 2013

Sea angling question raised at Westminster

Sea angling question raised at Westminster

George Hollingbery (Meon Valley, Conservative) The Minister will be unsurprised to know that I have a question about recreational sea angling. What work has the Department undertaken to assess the importance of this sector to the creation of sustainable fishing, and thus to fishing communities? Richard Benyon (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Natural Environment and […]

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Sharkatag 2013

Sharkatag 2013

This years Sharkatag event will be held on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June. The event takes place from marks around the Solway and SW Scotland with a focus on collecting data on tope, smoothhound, bull huss and a variety of ray species. Sharkatag is now in it’s 5th year and attracts anglers from […]

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Mackerel no longer certified

Mackerel no longer certified

It makes an ideal bait, but how much longer are stocks to be used for political leverage. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has downgraded mackerel from its list of fish suitable to eat to one which should now be eaten only occasionally as the on-going international arguments about quotas mean it is no longer a […]

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How do shark embryos avoid predators?

How do shark embryos avoid predators?

Australian researchers found that the embryos could identify electric fields simulating a nearby predator, despite being confined to a tiny egg case. On sensing danger, they "froze" and temporarily stopped breathing to avoid being detected. Egg case of a white-spotted bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium plagiosum) at the Shedd Aquarium (Stefanie Seskin). Sharks use jelly-filled pores on […]

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MSP recognises value of environment

MSP recognises value of environment

Scotland’s natural environment is not only a major contributor to Scotland’s economic growth in terms of our ability to engage visitors and produce world class produce and products but it also plays an important part in our quality of life. But in recognising this, politicians must ensure marine and coastal environments that are clean, healthy, […]

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Crofting Federation against Barra SAC

Crofting Federation against Barra SAC

The Scottish Crofting Federation is urging the Scottish Government to turn down the proposal that the Sound of Barra should become a marine Special Area of Conservation. The SCF is also asking the Government to radically revise the way it enacts European environmental legislation, arguing that the Sound of Barra case is only the latest […]

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Shellfish benefit from MPAs

Shellfish benefit from MPAs

Abstract from Proceedings of The Royal Society. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly implemented as tools to conserve and manage fisheries and target species. Because there are opportunity costs to conservation, there is a need for science-based assessment of MPAs. Here, we present one of the northernmost documentations of MPA effects to date, demonstrated by […]

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Billy Sinclair joins SIFT

Billy Sinclair joins SIFT

Dr Billy Sinclair, previously the Chairman of the Clyde Inshore Fisheries Group (IFG), has joined the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) as a Trustee and Director. “SIFT’s aim of recreating a balanced fishery in the Firth of Clyde, through the establishment of a programme of spatial segregation of fishing effort is something I am wholly […]

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