Archive for November, 2013

Sea angling worth £2Bn

Sea angling worth £2Bn

Recreational sea angling in England supported over two billion pounds in total spending and supported over 23,000 jobs in 2012 according to the results published today of Sea Angling 2012 – a survey of recreational sea angling activity and economic value in England.  The results from the project – which was set up by Defra […]

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Stealth tax that says to hell with North Sea cod stocks

Stealth tax that says to hell with North Sea cod stocks

Through the government body Seafish, the public is paying lobbyists to torpedo a campaign to protect the natural world. Seafish – its full name is the Seafish Industry Authority – says two things about itself: it "represents the UK seafood industry" and it’s a "government body" – can it be both ? Obviously not, so […]

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Defra announce 27 MCZ’s

Defra announce 27 MCZ’s

27 new Marine Conservation Zones have been designated by Defra around the coast of England, covering in total an area approximately three times the size of Wiltshire, but have highlighted the need for far more zones if the long term decline in sea life is to be reversed. Defra have stated that the Marine Conservation […]

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Report reveals illegal shark fishing

Report reveals illegal shark fishing

A total of up to 24 countries would be catching sharks in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean without declaring these catches, contravening the rules of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). This was revealed in a report released on Tuesday by Oceana at the 23rd Regular Meeting of ICCAT that is […]

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Has the North Sea really cooled ?

Has the North Sea really cooled ?

In 2006 commercial fishermen argued  that global warming, not over-fishing, had been to blame for dwindling cod numbers and protested over that December’s proposed 15% cod quota cut;  Bertie Armstrong of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said at the time: "Not until the North Sea cools down again can we expect to see any change in […]

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EEA Conference

EEA Conference

This weekend 150 shark experts and delegates from all over the world will attend the annual European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) conference hosted by the Plymouth-based Shark Trust. The event is held in the UK only once every ten years, and Plymouth and the Shark Trust will welcome world renowned shark researchers and advocates, who will […]

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Scottish government failing on MPA promises

Scottish government failing on MPA promises

Alex Salmond’s government is failing to live up to many of its ambitious promises on climate change and protecting Scotland’s natural heritage, a study has concluded. The report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) said that the Scottish government’s efforts to set new standards on climate and protecting sealife have been repeatedly undermined […]

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