Archive for March, 2014

MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs

MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs

Funding has been secured for a MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs to be known as SIORC (Gaelic for shark). The objective of the project is to collate existing sources of elasmobranch data to provide the strongest scientific evidence base for stakeholders to (1) apply policy-making and (2) prioritise a research conservation agenda for elasmobranchs in […]

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MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs

MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs

Funding has been secured for a MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs to be known as SIORC (Gaelic for shark) which will be officially launched at SSACN’s Celebrating Scotland’s Sharks event.  The objective of the project is to collate existing sources of elasmobranch data to provide the strongest scientific evidence base for stakeholders to (1) apply […]

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Banff commercials cheat and prosper

Banff commercials cheat and prosper

A commercial fishing vessel skipper and 2 fish salesmen were sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court last week following an investigation carried out by England’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO). In 2010, MMO officers became suspicious that fish were being landed and not correctly recorded at several ports in the North East, an investigation was launched by […]

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Illegal razor fish seized

Illegal razor fish seized

Environmental Officers in Oban seized some £40,000 worth of illegal razor clams when a vehicle containing them was stopped by officers at Oban Ferry Terminal on its way from the island of Barra to Hong Kong. Apparently the razor fish had been harvested in unclassified waters around Barra or the Isle of Uist and are […]

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EU to fund commercial sector to get into sea angling

EU to fund commercial sector to get into sea angling

Whilst governments continue to ignore the interests of sea angling they are quite happy to provide the commercial sector with funding to get involved in it. In the latest example, at the EU, the Directorate General for Internal Policies urged fishermen to embrace tourism and speaking after the meeting in Brussels, Struan Stevenson MEP, Conservative […]

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Will gas cavern discharge affect skate ?

Will gas cavern discharge affect skate ?

MARINE Conservation NI has listed 13 reasons why it is bitterly opposed to plans that would see vast amounts of highly concentrated brine pumped into the sea near Islandmagee. While planning permission for a proposed £400m natural gas storage facility at Larne Lough has been approved by Environment Minister Alex Attwood, developers Islandmagee Storage Limited […]

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Call for deep sea trawling ban

Call for deep sea trawling ban

According to an article by Les Watling in Nature industry interests should not be allowed to derail a European Union vote on whether to prohibit a destructive fishing technique. This month, the European Union (EU) is scheduled to vote on a proposed ban on deep-sea bottom trawling. If passed, the ban would be the first […]

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Clyde 2020 Debate

Clyde 2020 Debate

Following the lunch held by SIFT at The Scottish Parliament in January, they co-drafted a Motion for a Members Business Debate sponsored by Kenneth Gibson MSP on the future management of the Firth of Clyde with the aim of ensuring it has Good Environmental Status by 2020. The Motion received cross party support with 43 […]

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