Archive for February, 2015

Lamlash Bay boosts scallop population

Lamlash Bay boosts scallop population

A new study, published in Marine Biology, has found Scotland’s first and only community-led protected marine reserve is helping boost scallop numbers off the Isle of Arran coast, . Scientists discovered a “much higher” abundance of commercially important juvenile scallops inside Lamlash Bay over three years. The size and reproductive capacity of adult scallops was […]

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Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Proposals

Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Proposals

From Defra – https://consult.defra.gov.uk/marine/msfd-programme-of-measures Defra, the Northern Ireland executive, the Scottish government and the Welsh government are seeking views on the UK’s proposed programme of measures to maintain or achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in their seas by 2020. The consultation covers programme of measures proposals for each of the 11 Marine Strategy Framework Directive […]

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Consultation on measures for hobby/unlicensed fishermen

Consultation on measures for hobby/unlicensed fishermen

The Inshore Fisheries Management and Conservation Group (IFMAC) established a short-life working group to discuss the issue of hobby/unlicensed fishermen and report back with possible actions to reduce the incidence of unlicensed fishing. The working group identified a number of possible actions to reduce the incidence of unlicensed fishermen selling their catch for profit which […]

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US sea anglers get a voice in fisheries management

US sea anglers get a voice in fisheries management

America’s 11 million saltwater recreational anglers are to be given a voice on how their fisheries are managed. Scottish MSP’s and fisheries managers need to take note – you are stuck in the past, most other developed countries recognise the socio-economic benefits of sea angling, have a strategy in place for its development and directly […]

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Tope – SSTP days at liberty record broken!

Tope – SSTP days at liberty record broken!

Whilst working on the database recently we came across an amazing new “days at liberty” record for a tope that had previously slipped our attention. Male Tope # 21161 was originally tagged in Luce Bay in June 2003 under the UK Shark Tagging Programme and was subsequently recaptured (also in Luce Bay) in October 2013. […]

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“Europe slaughtering sea life in the name of science”

“Europe slaughtering sea life in the name of science”

Most people are rightly outraged by the deception of Japan through their whaling for “scientific purposes”. But, according to Guardian journalist George Monbiot, the same trick – the mass slaughter of the creatures of the sea under the guise of “scientific research” – is now being deployed under our noses. Our own government, alongside the […]

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The value of the 3 mile limit

The value of the 3 mile limit

A recent Government funded economic assessment for the management of the Scottish inshore fisheries estimated that there could be as much as a £1.3bn benefit for the Scottish economy over the next twenty years and a net gain of 1,490 new jobs for the economies of coastal communities. The Report identified that high impact fishing […]

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Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA in the house

Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA in the house

Given the shared disbelief among many Scottish NGO’s about Marine Scotland’s proposed changes to the our Marine Protected Areas and Special Areas of Conservation, it is vital that we put pressure on the Government to answer important questions about their plans. Only recently the Governments own Environmental Committee suggested Scotland’s Draft Marine Plan was unacceptable. Convener Rob […]

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