Archive for October, 2014

The Marine Charter

The Marine Charter

Our seas and their amazing wildlife need better protection. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is working with NGOs, through Wildlife and Countryside Link, to ask politicians to sign the Marine Protected Area Charter. The Marine Charter calls for the swift designation of a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in UK seas by 2016. […]

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Landing of tope to be prohibited by the EU

Landing of tope to be prohibited by the EU

After many years of campaigning by the SSTP and other bodies, tope (Galeorhinus galeus) is a new addition to the European Commission’s recommendation for prohibited fish in 2015. The proposals in full may be downloaded here in pdf format. Whilst our work and campaigns contributed to the designation of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) for […]

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Bass bag limit proposed by EU

Bass bag limit proposed by EU

The Commission’s proposal for fishing opportunities next year includes for the first time a measure aimed at recreational fishers – a bag limit of only one bass. So once again, a ‘government’ proposes to favour the commercial sector by limiting opportunities for the recreational sector whilst at the same time not giving the recreational sector […]

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Electrofishing for Razor Clams Report

Electrofishing for Razor Clams Report

Trawling and tank based trials were conducted to assess whether electrofishing (which is currently prohibited under EU regulations) for razor clams Ensis siliqua and E. arquatus affects survival and behaviour patterns in Ensis spp. and non-target species. The results suggest that electrofishing for razor clams does not have immediate or short term lethal effects, or […]

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REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

SSACN and the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT www.sift-uk.org) will be hosting a series of angler meetings to discuss the “Revive The Clyde Campaign” (www.revivetheclyde.org) which is being run by SIFT to highlight the state of the Clyde fishery. These meetings are for anglers and other groups, including politicians, who support sea angling and the […]

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Predator loss destabilizes Marine Communities

Predator loss destabilizes Marine Communities

Scientists have long suspected that sharks and other predators were important, not because they are charismatic but because they bring balance to the overall marine community. But direct, empirical evidence for this has been lacking. Now, a study of the Mediterranean Sea published on September 16, 2014 in the journal Ecology Letters shows that reducing […]

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Consultation on the Scottish King Scallop Fishery

Consultation on the Scottish King Scallop Fishery

The Scottish Government have opened a consultation seeking views on possible new management measures in the Scottish king scallop fishery. The consultation seeks views on new management measures in the Scottish king scallop (Pecten maximus) fishery. The issues on which views are sought are: Increasing the minimum landing size of scallops Introducing new restrictions associated […]

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Protection of Spring Salmon

Protection of Spring Salmon

In terms of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 (the Act), Scottish Ministers propose to make a conservation regulation under section 38 of the Act to protect early running spring salmon in Scotland. This follows the announcement by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 21 August 2014 that he would […]

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