Archive for September, 2015

New shark species discovered in Scottish waters

New shark species discovered in Scottish waters

Finding strange and unusual looking elasmobranchs in the deep sea is not uncommon but following a recent deep sea survey scientists from Marine Scotland noticed a species that they had not seen before. Following some careful research it was established that the fish (pictured to the right) was in fact a false catshark sometimes known […]

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North Sea cod off MCS red list

North Sea cod off MCS red list

As part of their autumn update to FishOnline, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) have rated North Sea cod level 4 and amber, which means it’s showing signs of improvement. “It’s fantastic to see this fishery finally off the red list. Years of sacrifice and a lot of hard work have led to population increases above […]

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US waste sea fish

US waste sea fish

As much as 47% of the edible U.S. seafood supply is wasted each year, with more than half of that waste coming at the consumer level as people throw away spoiled or uneaten seafood at home, according to a new study. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future estimated the edible U.S. […]

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Razor clam fishermen caught

Razor clam fishermen caught

A group of fishermen caught illegally electrocuting razor clams earlier this month during a night-time raid are now facing prosecution or fines of up to £10,000. As enforcement officers from Marine Scotland approached a boat in the Sound of Jura in the early hours of September 10, fishing gear was unceremoniously dumped overboard. It has […]

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Sharkatag 2015: Report

Sharkatag 2015: Report

We would like to say a big thank you to the participants of this year’s Sharkatag event in southwest Scotland. Conditions were difficult limiting the event to the Saturday only with over half the boats opting to fish from Port Logan to take some shelter. A total of 18 boats participated,  catching, tagging and releasing 19 […]

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Commercial fishermen want new MPAs held off for 10 years

Commercial fishermen want new MPAs held off for 10 years

Western Isles fishermen yesterday joined calls to the Scottish Government for a 10 year moratorium on any new Marine Protection Areas (MPA) being granted around the islands. Duncan Macinnes of Western Isles Fisheries Association (WIFA) told Rural Affairs minister Richard Lochhead that any more MPAs risked driving younger fishermen and their families away from the […]

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Underwater noise

Underwater noise

A BBC podcast in the ‘Costing the Earth’ series discusses noise in the underwater environment and how it affects marine species. Oban harbour and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) feature in the programme. It can be downloaded for later listening.

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Outreach Beach Clean

Outreach Beach Clean

The Greenock/Fintastic Outreach Hub beach clean was an absolute success ! We had 18 volunteers on the day (some of whom shown above) and between us we collected 20 bags of rubbish plus tyres, gas bottles, plastic pipes etc (and LOTS of wet wipes) – Thanks go to the staff from Inverclyde Council who came […]

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