Archive for January, 2015

National Marine Plan not fit for purpose

National Marine Plan not fit for purpose

Scotland’s draft National Marine Plan is not fit for purpose according to the Scottish Government’s own Environment Committee. The Environment Committee said it is disappointed by the plan, stating that it has failed to provide a clear set of policies that can be applied across all of Scotland’s seas and was concerned as to how […]

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Bass – Emergency Measure Regulation Published

Bass – Emergency Measure Regulation Published

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/111 of 26 January 2015 Establishing measures to alleviate a serious threat to the conservation of bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) stock in the Celtic Sea, Channel, Irish Sea and southern North Sea. Full text in 23 languages here. The final trawling ban area was extended to include ICES areas VIIj,k "to prevent displacement […]

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MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

The public consultation on statutory management measures for Inshore SACs and MPAs closes on the 2nd of February 2015. SSACN are recommending that only sustainable methods such as creeling, hand diving for scallops and angling should be allowed inside MPAs and that all active / towed gear (trawls, dredged and hydraulic methods) should be excluded […]

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Don’t take the P–The Video

Don’t take the P–The Video

Scotland’s seas need your help – see the video. We need to tell the Scottish Government: DontTakeTheP out of MPAs. Our seas should be managed for public benefit – but they are in ecological decline. We have two choices. We can either stick with the status-quo by zoning off just a few, small patches of […]

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Wandering Star

Wandering Star

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) has seen some amazing results during its 6 years off tagging sharks. Recently a common skate originally tagged, in an Irish tagging programme, in Ballycastle Bay Northern Ireland in March 2003, was recaptured twice by anglers fishing off the Scottish coast after having been at liberty for 4182 days […]

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Inshore Fisheries – Options For Change

Inshore Fisheries – Options For Change

A while ago the Scottish Government commissioned a Report to use cost benefit analysis and economic impact assessment to identify the potential benefits / costs of the effects of stopping dredging and trawling for prawns, lobsters and scallops from being carried out between 1 to 3 three miles from the shore. The recently released Report […]

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2015 Special Events Poster

2015 Special Events Poster

Download your copy of the 2015 Special Events poster. Our Special Events programme shows anglers can make a difference by combining the three elements : sports, science and conservation. Historically anecdotal evidence has long suggested several species of shark in Scottish waters required protection from exploitation, but with little scientific data regarding their quantity, size, […]

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Samantha King appointed

Samantha King appointed

Our Community Outreach Programme has proved very successful and so far has been delivered to more than 2,600 individuals of all ages. Now, thanks to funding support from Marine Scotland, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Jane King as our Community Outreach Project Officer. Samantha has a BSC in Marine and Freshwater […]

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