Archive for March, 2015

Scottish Marine Plan published

Scottish Marine Plan published

Scotland’s first ever National Marine Plan has been published by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead. The plan sets out a single statutory planning framework for all marine activity in Scottish waters. This will include policies for the sustainable management of a wide range of marine industries, including those which are long established such as fishing […]

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Bag limits for bass in the Solway / East Coast areas

Bag limits for bass in the Solway / East Coast areas

Anglers fishing for bass in Area VIIa (roughly the Solway area) and Area IVb (East coast up to Fraserburgh) will now be restricted to a bag limit of 3 fish. This comes in effect following Council Regulation (EU) 2015/523 of 25 March 2015 amending Regulations (EU) No 43/2014 and (EU) 2015/104 as regards certain fishing […]

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EU RecFishing Forum launched

EU RecFishing Forum launched

On the 25th of March, the Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment was launched in the European Parliament. The launch event, entitled “Why do we need to talk about Recreational Fisheries in the European Parliament? Economics, Environment and Rural Development”, was the first occasion for the several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present […]

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Who’d have believed it !

Who’d have believed it !

A recent report into the Effects of Codend Mesh Size and Twine Number on Nephrops Selectivity has come up with some amazing conclusions :   The selectivity of Nephrops improves as the mesh size increases from 80 to 100 and to 120 mm. Similarly, more juvenile whiting and haddock also escape as the mesh size […]

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Anglers Get New Voice In European Parliament

Anglers Get New Voice In European Parliament

Anglers now have a new voice in Europe thanks to the establishment of the ‘Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment’ in the European Parliament which was launched in Brussels on the 25/03/15. The event was the first opportunity for the many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present to meet representatives of the European […]

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UK worst in EU for ignoring advice

UK worst in EU for ignoring advice

Britain is ignoring scientific advice on protecting fish stocks and permitting more overfishing this year than any other European Union country, according to the New Economics Foundation (NEF) with cod, mackerel, blue whiting and pollock accounting for most of Britain’s “quota above scientific advice”. The quota set for UK fishing fleets in 2015 exceeds the […]

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Pulse trawling – No hiding place

Pulse trawling – No hiding place

Pulse trawling uses electricity to flush flatfish or shrimp out of the sediments in which they hide. The electric shock makes them convulse and flip upwards, into the net. However, many other fish also suffer fractured vertebrae and internal hemorrhages, leading to death. These other fish that are not the intended targets but are killed […]

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Help ZSL save Angel Sharks in The Canaries

Help ZSL save Angel Sharks in The Canaries

The Zoological Society has been shortlisted for funding by the European Outdoor Conservation Association to help conserve the Critically Endangered Angel Shark in the Canary Islands. The project is one of 21 in three categories that the public can vote for with the winner of each group receiving €30,000. Anyone and everyone can vote but only […]

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