Archive for June, 2015

Say NO to electrofishing

Say NO to electrofishing

Scotland’s top chefs recognise it, NGOs recognise it, most everyone except the commercial fishing sector and the Scottish Government do, yet the Government is determined to push ahead and seek an exemption to a EU ban to allow electrofishing for razor clams. despite Cab Sec Lochhead admitting that the Marine Scotland investigation had not addressed […]

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Arran MPA supporting coastal economy

Arran MPA supporting coastal economy

With Cab. Sec., Richard Lochhead’s welcome announcement that destructive scallop dredging will end in the South Arran Marine Protected Area and that bottom trawling is to be limited to outer areas of the MPA, COAST is now taking steps to ensure the island is well-placed to realise the full economic and cultural potential of a […]

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Inept fisheries management

Inept fisheries management

The EU have just published the limitation which will apply to the exploitation of bass stocks. Their opening statement: “In June 2014 the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) released scientific advice on the stock of sea bass in the North-East Atlantic, and confirmed that this stock had been in rapid decline […]

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SCFF dismiss SFF claims

SCFF dismiss SFF claims

In the on-going debate regarding the potential impact of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the destructive practices of trawling and dredging, Fisheries Minister Lochhead Lochhead has claimed that the "impact in the vast majority of cases will mean modest changes to fishing patterns with very limited economic impact given the ability of vessels to fish […]

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West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

Governments and commercial fisheries sectors around the world are all too often focussed on short term financial gain rather than the impact on marine fish stocks and the marine food web – this can be exemplified by fisheries mismanagement on the West coasts of the USA and Scotland. Scientists in the USA are concerned that […]

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Analysis of commercial interests MPA issues

Analysis of commercial interests MPA issues

As previously reported, West coast inshore commercial fishers want an “urgent” meeting with Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead after voicing major concerns with what they see as the likely impact of Marine Protected Area (MPA) management measures. What is it that they don’t like ? Well to better understand the issue we have reviewed the press […]

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Commercial sector to be exempt from EU law

Commercial sector to be exempt from EU law

The ban on using electricity to hunt lucrative shellfish could be lifted following lobbying by the commercial fishing sector lobbying for a rule change and for Scottish commercial fisherman to be exempt from EU laws which have been in place since 1998. At the same time, the Scottish Government has been unable to do anything […]

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2015 Species Hunt Report

2015 Species Hunt Report

The weatherman promised light winds but the North Westerly fresh winds that blew most of the day made it hard going in this year’s SSACN species hunt in Southwest Scotland. Most of the boats opted for Port Logan and boated some 15 different species – highlighting the wide variety of species available in the area […]

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