Archive for December, 2014

SSACN withdraw D&R Proposal

SSACN withdraw D&R Proposal

Over 2 years ago SSACN, in line with the Scottish Government’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) process – we have now withdrawn from that process. Despite a Government paper in Dec 2012 stating that 2 Demonstration & Research MPA proposals, including SSACN’s were currently being assessed, in reality that was not the case, it was not […]

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Conserving Scottish wild salmon

Conserving Scottish wild salmon

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION. Following a petition last year set up by Ian Gordon which attracted over 20,000 signatures the Scottish Government has now introduced a conservation measure from the 2015 season banning any killing of salmon before 1st April. However, due to what Ian feels to be a very positive political […]

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Fisheries Ministers won’t protect bass

Fisheries Ministers won’t protect bass

Once again the commercial lobby and ministers have put national interest before the protection of a species at risk. With ICES calling for an 80% reduction in bass landings, how bad do things have to get before something is done ? According to UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice : “I was disappointed no decision was […]

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Solway – Case Study in Celtic Seas Project

Solway – Case Study in Celtic Seas Project

The Solway has been chosen as a case study by the Celtic Seas Partnership Project. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires countries to work together to manage the marine environment in a collaborative way if our seas are to be healthy and activities, sustainable and they need to be managed in a coordinated way that […]

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SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily

SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily

Recently a researcher at the Italian Institute for Coastal and Marine Environment got in touch with us about a tope a local fisherman had caught. Amazingly the tope in question had been tagged by the Stuart Cresswel in Luce Bay in June 2009 and had been re-caught more than five years later in the fisherman’s trammel […]

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MCS Scallop Petition

MCS Scallop Petition

The Scottish Government is consulting on new management controls to help protect king scallop stocks around Scotland and ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. This follows a consultation in 2012 which highlighted that there are regions in Scotland where fishing effort should be restricted or cut and measures should be taken to increase the […]

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Draft National Marine Plan

Draft National Marine Plan

The draft National Marine Plan was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 11 December 2014.  You can view or download the National Marine Plan (NMP) here and GIS data for the NMP can be found here. A new webpage will be hosted on the Scottish Government website  to make the wide variety of material available […]

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