Archive for June, 2015

SFF angry at MPA consultation outcome

SFF angry at MPA consultation outcome

After months of pretending to support the proposals for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters , the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has shown it’s true colours by expressing disbelief and anger at the new management measures for MPAs announced by the Scottish Government today. Whilst other stakeholders, including the recreational sector have had to […]

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Government response to MPA consultation

Government response to MPA consultation

The Scottish Government has published its response to the consultation. A press release can be found here, the report here (a temporary publication with a full HTML version to follow) Four Draft Marine Conservation Orders have been published: The orders cover four MPAs; Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MPA (including Firth of Lorn SAC […]

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A realistic sized MPA

A realistic sized MPA

A stretch of the Atlantic Ocean that includes more than two dozen undersea coral canyons will become the largest marine protected area (MPA) ever. The MPA has been established in U.S. Atlantic waters by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The 38,000-square-mile zone encompasses waters at the edge of the continental shelf, from Virginia to Massachusetts, […]

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Manage fish stocks in the public interest

Manage fish stocks in the public interest

An article in The Economist has stressed that the marine commercial fisheries sector should be managed in a way that guarantees high social value with a low environmental impact. This is something Marine Scotland and their Inshore Fisheries Groups, especially those ‘managing’ the Clyde should embrace given the destructive impact of the nephrops fishery; perhaps […]

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