Archive for May, 2015

Clyde fish are getting smaller

Clyde fish are getting smaller

In a recently released paper the findings of an investigation of the potential trends in the age and length at maturation of cod (Gadus morhua), haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) and whiting (Merlangius merlangus) from the Firth of Clyde have been published. It will come as no surprise that they found over fishing causes a reduction in […]

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£4m Scottish wrasse project

£4m Scottish wrasse project

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has kicked off a £4 million applied research project to upscale the use of farmed wrasse in commercial salmon farms. The new project, now rolling out on Scotland’s west coast, has the potential to increase productivity on salmon farms and reduce the use of medicines in the industry, the […]

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Time the Clyde IFG learned a lesson

Time the Clyde IFG learned a lesson

Shellfish stocks in the Outer Hebrides are to be protected through new conservation measures. The controls, which were developed by the local fishing industry and implemented by the Scottish Government, will help to protect the future of crab and lobster catches off the west coast of Scotland. Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Shellfish are very […]

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Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

MBA scientists recently published a correspondence in Nature describing apparent landings of the critically endangered common skate (Dipturus batis) across different UK ports between 2011 and 2014 amounting to 9.6 tonnes despite an EU-wide ban being in place since 2009. These figures were buried in the official UK landings data for species-specific skate landings data. The […]

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Pollution threat to Irish/Scottish Orca

Pollution threat to Irish/Scottish Orca

A pod of orca which regularly swims in Irish and Scottish waters is feared to be in danger of dying out due to pollution. While several different groups of orca have been spotted off Ireland and Scotland over the years, it is thought that members of this pod — who have been given nicknames such […]

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