Archive for May, 2013

3 weeks to Sharkatag 2013

3 weeks to Sharkatag 2013

Only 3 weeks to go – let’s hope the weather improves. ‘Rays Awareness’ – although thornback ray numbers appear to be increasing in many areas, numbers of spotted, blonde and cuckoo rays (which were once a common catch around the south-west) appear to have fallen dramatically. This year we will be asking anglers to record […]

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Marine renewable impact research

Marine renewable impact research

Invitation to tender for … Study of the environmental impacts of noise, vibrations and electromagnetic emissions from marine renewables Marine renewable energy has enormous potential, however, due care should be taken that possible environmental impacts are brought to a minimum in order to address public and other stakeholders’ concerns for such projects. In order to […]

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Mixed fish stocks essential

Mixed fish stocks essential

Overfishing has reduced fish populations and biodiversity across much of the world’s oceans. In response, fisheries are increasingly reliant on a handful of highly valuable shellfish. However, new research by the University of York shows this approach to be extremely risky. The research, published today in the journal Fish and Fisheries, shows that traditional fisheries […]

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Opportunity to influence management of NWIFCA

Opportunity to influence management of NWIFCA

People interested in influencing the management of inshore fisheries around the North West of England are being encouraged to apply to join the regions’ inshore fisheries and conservation authority (IFCA). The IFCAs, of which there are 10 around the English coastline, are responsible for the sustainable management of sea fisheries within 6 nautical miles from […]

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Europe 2020

Europe 2020

You may be interested to note that on 29 April, the Scottish Government published a report ‘Europe 2020: Scottish National Reform Programme 2013’ which sets out the actions that are being taken forward across Scotland to support the delivery of the ambitions set out in Europe 2020 – the European Union’s strategy for delivering smart, […]

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Waitrose to source from certified stocks

Waitrose to source from certified stocks

Waitrose has  pledged  to source all its seafood from independently certified sources, with an industry leading deadline of the end of 2016. Jeremy Langley, fish buyer  for the retail chain said:  “For us, this pledge feels like a natural evolution of our long-standing responsible fishing policy. We started to have concerns over stocks of some […]

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Tidal turbines in the River Esk refused

Tidal turbines in the River Esk refused

Marine Scotland (MS) has turned down a licence application from GlaxoSmithKline to install 15 turbines at the mouth of Montrose Basin. MS said it would not issue a marine licence due to the site being designated as a special protection area, a site of special scientific interest and a special area of conservation. In a […]

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Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation website

Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation website

The Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (SCFF), the national trade association for the creel fishing industry has launched a website. According to the home page, creel fishing is  a traditional and sustainable form of coastal fishing for shell fish that supports more jobs around the coastline of Scotland than any other type of fishery. Creel fishing […]

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