Archive for November, 2014

COAST wins national award

COAST wins national award

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) has picked up a prestigious national award for its marine conservation work. Recognised worldwide as one of the Uk’s leading community conservation groups, COAST has been acknowledged for its outstanding success in promoting sustainable marine management around Arran by winning the 2014 nature of Scotland award for marine […]

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Analytics to help understand marine networks

Analytics to help understand marine networks

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University will use the kind of computing algorithms more commonly associated with Google search engines to uncover and record the complex relationships which exist across Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A new study by the University will use computer models to map ocean currents and larvae movement around Scotland’s coast after which […]

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Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

As you may or may not be aware, a several new Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) have recently been accepted. SSACN recently attended a consultation where management options were proposed for all the west coast MPA’s in addition to some suggested management changes for a few Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s). We are now at the […]

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Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Please click here for a link to the dates and locations of the next meetings. SSACN proposed an MPA for Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura in order to protect the Critically Endangered common skate. We are delighted that this has been accepted but we are keen to see the MPA managed in the right […]

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Supporting Marine Scotland Science

Supporting Marine Scotland Science

Marine Scotland Science’s analysis of the skate data has shown a 5% migration through the corridors between the Sound of Jura, Firth of Lorne and the Sound of Mull. In an attempt to help understand the make up of the skate populations and assess their site fidelity, migration routes and see if fish from other […]

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Luce Bay SAC Meeting

Luce Bay SAC Meeting

There will be a drop-in event at Stranraer Library on Thursday 27th November from 3pm to 9pm to allow interested parties to share their views on the possible management approaches for Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) A  SAC contains habitats, animals or plants of European importance; Luce Bay and Sands were designated as […]

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Now Hiring– Community Outreach Project Officer

Now Hiring– Community Outreach Project Officer

An integral part of our work is our Community Outreach Programme which has proved very successful and to date has been delivered to more than 2,600 individuals of all ages by SSACN volunteers. Now thanks to funding support from Marine Scotland we are in a position to recruit a Project Officer on an initial 9 […]

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Slavery on trawlers ?

Slavery on trawlers ?

Condensed from an article in the Daily Record With dwindling catches and wages, there are few people left in Scots fishing communities to go to sea which is why trawler owners have increasingly turned to foreign crews to keep the boats at sea. If these foreign workers do not come ashore, they are not subject […]

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