Archive for January, 2016

Professional commercial fishermen ?

Professional commercial fishermen ?

According to the CFA Facebook page when referring to COAST they say  “ we have always remained professional …. will remain respectful of their opinions,  whilst not agreeing with them.” After the events of the other day at Holyrood, it would seem that the CFA are not willing to extend that attitude and approach to […]

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Summer Angling Festival

Summer Angling Festival

SSACN are pleased to announce their SUMMER ANGLING FESTIVAL, the event will be held on the weekend of 3rd, 4th, 5th June 2016 (Friday till Sunday) and will this year be held from a single base at Sands of Luce Holiday Park, Sandhead. The event will encompass Sharkatag, Boat and Shore Species Hunts, Pegged Shore […]

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Scotland’s MPA network at risk

Scotland’s MPA network at risk

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and Clyde Fishermen’s Association stand accused by West Coast community groups of bullying the public and engaging in scare tactics in a bid to derail the Scottish Government’s implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Jamie McGrigor MSP (Cons) is attempting to have fisheries management measures for 14 MPAs (including one around […]

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UK Fisheries Minister under fire

UK Fisheries Minister under fire

Fisheries Minister George Eustice, who has been strongly criticised by UK angling organisations for caving in to pressure from commercial fishing interests and supporting exemptions to the European Union bass fishing moratorium for the highly damaging bass gill net fishery, is now under fire for making false claims for the impacts on threatened stocks as […]

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SSACN AGM

SSACN AGM

Our AGM this year will be held on 16/02/16 – 7pm  at the Pleasantfield Bar 144 Ayr Rd, Prestwick, Ayrshire KA9 1TS. If any one would like to propose an amendment to SSACN’s constitution or any other form of resolution, please ensure it is received by the 08/02/16  – just use the form on the  […]

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Harbour porpoise MPAs being sacrificed for wind farms

Harbour porpoise MPAs being sacrificed for wind farms

Sunday Herald article in full here. Plans to protect endangered porpoises around the Scottish coast have been blocked by the Scottish Government to help clear the way for new offshore wind farms, according to internal government emails seen by the Sunday Herald. Senior wildlife advisors have privately accused the government’s Marine Scotland directorate of displaying […]

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Prawn lobby attack on Scotland’s MPAs

Prawn lobby attack on Scotland’s MPAs

Not satisfied with having squeezed Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network to a mere 3.5% of Scottish waters during 5 years of consultations, the Clyde-led prawn lobby is now seeking to have even this modest area annulled via the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee (RACCE) next Wednesday. This is a serious challenge to the democratically elected […]

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23 new Marine Conservation Zones for England

23 new Marine Conservation Zones for England

The UK Government has announced the creation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the coast of England. These zones are the second of three tranches of sites to be considered for protection as part of a larger project to create a coherent network of marine protected areas around the coast of the UK. […]

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