Archive for October, 2014

Handbook To Help Scottish Fishermen Commit to Sustainability

Handbook To Help Scottish Fishermen Commit to Sustainability

Fishing vessels from the Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG) have welcomed the introduction of a new handbook aimed at helping them to protect endangered, threatened and protected species of skates and rays. The handbook has been produced by Seafood Scotland and will help vessels to fulfil the requirements of their MSC programme. According to […]

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EU rules demand proper management of sea fisheries

EU rules demand proper management of sea fisheries

The impact of commercial fishing in more than 11,500 square kilometres (7,000 square miles) of English coastal waters is being reviewed to make sure that habitats and species are not damaged by fishing. This area for further assessment covers about one-third of the sea within six miles of English beaches where there are 89 separate […]

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Recreational sea angling recognised in SW England

Recreational sea angling recognised in SW England

In a move which the Scottish Government and their fisheries managers would be advised to follow – three pilot zones to test the design and application of fisheries management through voluntary codes of conduct to improve sea angling have been introduced by regulators on parts of the Somerset and Devon coasts. After many years of […]

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Manx fish and scallop stocks in trouble

Manx fish and scallop stocks in trouble

Mirroring concerns in Scottish waters, there are growing concerns over dwindling fish and scallop stocks in Manx waters. The decrease in fish stocks has prompted the Manx fisheries managers to set up a committee to be set up and it’s hoped the science steering group will bring closer working relations between the government and fishermen. […]

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Fishing and funding

Fishing and funding

The EU, UK and Scottish governments are missing a real opportunity to develop tourism by putting in place measures to ensure sea angling could thrive. Instead they continue to focus substantial funds and subsidies on commercial sectors which can only develop if they further depleting the very resources they rely upon. Statistics published by Scotland’s […]

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Bass over exploited

Bass over exploited

Of all the species in our waters bass is one of those of great interest to both the recreational and commercial sectors. However, as with many other species before it, commercial over-exploitation is creating and an uncertain future for the species. Commercial fishing pressure has greatly reduced the size of the bass stock biomass at […]

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Illegal fishing in Arran MPA

Illegal fishing in Arran MPA

Illegal commercial fishing at the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) has resulted in an urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) being brought in to protect a fragile underwater ecosystem off Arran. This is the first time such powers from the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been used. The Scottish government said the order would protect […]

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