Archive for February, 2016

Concerns over management measures for Luce Bay SAC

Concerns over management measures for Luce Bay SAC

Earlier this month, the Inshore Fishing (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Luce Bay) Order 2015 came into force. In general, we are very supportive of the work the Scottish Government is undertaking to develop a network of well-managed MPAs including progressive management measures in the majority of inshore sites. However, in respect of Luce Bay and […]

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Consultation on landing controls for Scottish crab and lobster fisheries

Consultation on landing controls for Scottish crab and lobster fisheries

Scotland’s brown crab, velvet crab and lobster fisheries around much of the Scottish coast are estimated to be fished at levels close to or above the FMSY  proxy (FMSY  is the fishing mortality consistent with the largest average yield that can continuously be taken from a stock under existing environmental conditions). The Scottish fishing industry […]

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AT will not assist data collection

AT will not assist data collection

The Angling Trust will not be supporting Sea Angling 2016, a new project to collect data on catches from recreational sea anglers. The project, commissioned by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), follows up on the Sea Angling 2012 research project and fulfils EU requirements for the UK to provide data on recreational […]

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Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

Once again the commercial sector shows its contempt for any attempt to regenerate the marine environment. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said there had been "reports of alleged incursions" into MPAs and Police Scotland have confirmed an investigation is under way following allegations of intimidation of creel fishermen in Loch Fyne by the mobile sector […]

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Commercial discards would feed 2 million

Commercial discards would feed 2 million

Fishers have been urged by the Scottish Government to “respond positively to” the discard ban and help stop the wastage of enough catch to feed 2million people, the equivalent to the entire population of Macedonia, Slovenia or Botswana Speaking recently, Mr Lochhead said Holyrood was working with the industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies […]

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Ullapool Angling Event

Ullapool Angling Event

A date for your diary! SSACN Outreach is pleased to announce that we will be joining the Ullapool Angling festival again this year for a day of fun filled sea side activities on Saturday 20th August!!! Come join us for a spot of drop netting with sea creature touch tanks, environmental games and activities and […]

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Clyde Marine Planning

Clyde Marine Planning

On the 10th of February the constitution of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) was formally adopted and the new Partnership was nominated to develop a statutory regional marine plan for the Clyde Marine Region. The Firth of Clyde Forum has now effectively been closed and the work of marine planning will be taken forward […]

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Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

This consultation is designed to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the approach currently being taken as the Government continue to develop the legislative provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill. The easiest way to access and respond to the consultation is through the Scottish Government’s online consultation tool – Citizen Space. You […]

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