Archive for December, 2015

MPAs back out for consultation

MPAs back out for consultation

Further consultations are to be held into three of the largest of the Scottish government’s planned marine protected areas (MPAs). The three designations involved cover the Small Isles, Wester Ross and Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura. They form part of a proposed network of 30 protected areas. The decision to consult again follows […]

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Cumbrae Christmas Outreach Event

Cumbrae Christmas Outreach Event

Another fantastic school outreach session was enjoyed by the SSACN Outreach team this winter – this time at the Millport primary school on the Isle of Cumbrae. We spent the morning with the children who were already full of festive cheer as they were gearing up for their school Christmas dinner and party! In groups […]

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Concerns over imminent dredging decision for Luce Bay

Concerns over imminent dredging decision for Luce Bay

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is concerned that scallop dredging may be allowed to continue across large swathes of seabed in a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC) at Luce Bay, Dumfries and Galloway. The Scottish Government is due to submit proposed fisheries management for Luce Bay and Sands SAC later this month, but there […]

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3rd Inshore Fisheries Conference

3rd Inshore Fisheries Conference

The 3rd Inshore Fisheries Conference was held in Inverness on 9 October 2015 – a summary of the proceedings of the event is now available Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, launched the conference and delegates attended workshops/sessions on a variety of subjects as well as visiting stands from […]

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Tagging on Border TV

Tagging on Border TV

Fiona Armstrong’s been on a shark tagging expedition with Ian Burrett at Port Logan on the Mull of Galloway – the southernmost point of Scotland. Fiona also interviews Edward Wright and Michelle Frost to learn about some of the misunderstandings associated with sharks and also their role in the overall marine environment. She catches a […]

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Frequent trawling leads to skinny fish

Frequent trawling leads to skinny fish

Trawling – dragging heavy gear over ocean bottoms in search of fish near the sea floor – is arguably one of the most destructive human practices. Removing fish from the sea for an ever-hungry, growing human population has consequences that include reducing fish populations and messing with the natural balance of the ocean’s food webs. […]

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Using lumpsuckers in £2.9M project

Using lumpsuckers in £2.9M project

A group of academic, government and aquaculture industry bodies have unveiled projects worth £2.9 million to increase the use of “cleaner fish” in the Scottish salmon industry. Led by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the research will focus on lumpsuckers, a species that eats sea lice, a parasite that feeds on both wild and […]

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Areas where 42cm size for bass applies

Areas where 42cm size for bass applies

Bass are one of the most important and valuable species to recreational angling and its dependent businesses. They were historically exploited primarily by recreational anglers until commercial fisheries for bass expanded dramatically in the 1960-70s. Now European bass stocks are in decline due to overfishing and poor recruitment in recent years. A bass multiannual management […]

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