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Landing of tope to be prohibited by the EU

Landing of tope to be prohibited by the EU

After many years of campaigning by the SSTP and other bodies, tope (Galeorhinus galeus) is a new addition to the European Commission’s recommendation for prohibited fish in 2015. The proposals in full may be downloaded here in pdf format. Whilst our work and campaigns contributed to the designation of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) for […]

October 30, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

SSACN and the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT www.sift-uk.org) will be hosting a series of angler meetings to discuss the “Revive The Clyde Campaign” (www.revivetheclyde.org) which is being run by SIFT to highlight the state of the Clyde fishery. These meetings are for anglers and other groups, including politicians, who support sea angling and the […]

October 23, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Handbook To Help Scottish Fishermen Commit to Sustainability

Handbook To Help Scottish Fishermen Commit to Sustainability

Fishing vessels from the Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG) have welcomed the introduction of a new handbook aimed at helping them to protect endangered, threatened and protected species of skates and rays. The handbook has been produced by Seafood Scotland and will help vessels to fulfil the requirements of their MSC programme. According to […]

October 8, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Skate producers to protect their interests

Skate producers to protect their interests

A British Skate Processors’ Association is being formed to try to protect skate sector interests. Andrew Charles, owner of Aberdeen processing firm J. Charles, said the Marine Conservation Society had “crossed the line” in its policy of backing the removal of skate from supermarket shelves on the grounds it is an “endangered” species. Sainsbury’s has […]

September 23, 2014 Featured Article Read More →

Interesting Tag Returns

Fascinating new skate recaptures

Fascinating new skate recaptures

We have just received news of an interesting skate recapture. Matthew Burrett caught the 168 lb skate at Crinan last month with it measuring 80 by 61 inches. The fish was originally tagged in August 2004 at Red Bay NE Ireland. At that time it was 46 by 35 inches and weighed just 28lb; the fish […]

May 1, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Skating to the Maidens

Skating to the Maidens

A common skate (tag# 1683) initially tagged in the Firth of Lorn (Oban area) was recaptured 110 miles away and 20 months later at the Maidens. The Maidens is an area containing two islets and several skerries in the North Channel off County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

February 21, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Tope at liberty for nearly 7 years

Tope at liberty for nearly 7 years

This male Tope, tag#22019, was originally tagged in Luce Bay on the 5th of July 2006 by Onyer Marks. It was recapture in gill nets and released on the 22nd March 2013. The recapture location is marked on the map to the right which was approximately 256 nautical miles from the original tag location. However, […]

January 9, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Gorringe seamount tope recapture

Gorringe seamount tope recapture

Tope #2601 originally tagged in Luce Bay by Dale Robertson on 25/07/10 was recaptured around 1400 miles away on 27/05/13 by a deep water longline vessel working the Gorringe Seamount.

June 13, 2013 Featured Article Read More →

Threats to sharks

Could you be eating shark?

Could you be eating shark?

While conservationists have been aware for some time, following a Daily Mail investigation the public is starting to realise that they may in fact be eating sharks disguised as other fish. A Friday night staple in may homes around the UK, your fish and chips may not be quite as it seems. Rock Salmon or […]

July 29, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Feeding the Fear: Sharks of New England Documentary

Feeding the Fear: Sharks of New England Documentary

Amateur documentary maker Scott Tucker has produced his 101st video in his Expedition New England series. Entitled “Feeding the Fear: Sharks of New England” the documentary is about a shark tournament run by the Star Island Yacht Club in Montauk, New York. The film maker shows some of the sharks being landed, including mako and […]

January 14, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
MSP recognises value of environment

MSP recognises value of environment

Scotland’s natural environment is not only a major contributor to Scotland’s economic growth in terms of our ability to engage visitors and produce world class produce and products but it also plays an important part in our quality of life. But in recognising this, politicians must ensure marine and coastal environments that are clean, healthy, […]

January 18, 2013 Featured Article Read More →
Shark Identification Training for UK Fishermen

Shark Identification Training for UK Fishermen

Fishermen are to be trained to identify different shark species in a project that aims to help protect stocks. Fishing representatives in Lancashire, the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and North East Lincolnshire are to receive guides to help classify species at sea. The scheme, run by the Co-operative, the Shark Trust and commercial fishing industry, […]

January 8, 2013 Featured Article Read More →

International News

Additional species protected

Additional species protected

From 14th September new trade restrictions will be in place to protect populations of some sharks and ray species. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has added six shark and ray species to Appendix II. Appendix II lists species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction […]

September 12, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Shark cull blocked my Australian regulator

Shark cull blocked my Australian regulator

The controversial shark cull that was implemented earlier this year in Western Australia is to be halted after the state’s environmental regulator suggested there were “a high degree of scientific uncertainty”. The cull, which was introduced in April for a 13 week trial, saw baited traps, known as drum lines, placed across seven beaches in […]

September 12, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Can Marine Scotland protect the MPAs ?

Can Marine Scotland protect the MPAs ?

The designation of the marine protected areas (MPAs) last month means a fifth of Scottish waters may be guarded against harmful activities. However, can Marine Scotland really ensure their long term viability as there is a big difference between the resources put into fisheries and conservation management in England and in Scotland ? If they […]

August 17, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Tag a Ray in Tralee Bay

Tag a Ray in Tralee Bay

The first ever tag a ray in Tralee Bay took place this weekend from Fenit, Ireland. The Westend bar and restaurant was the headquarters for the weekend. Anglers met up in the Westend bar early Saturday morning to register for the weekend and talk tactics. The main reason for the weekend was to find out […]

June 10, 2014 Featured Article Read More →

Other Recent Posts

SSACN AGM

SSACN AGM

        It’s that time again.! This year we’ll be holding the AGM on Wednesday October 1st at the Carlton Hotel, Prestwick, KA9 1TP – more info at http://www.carlton-prestwick.com/ The AGM will commence at 5pm and the format will be very much our standard one : Chairman’s Report Project Reports Treasure’s Report Election […]

September 16, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Mobiles phone app to help stop illegal fishing

Mobiles phone app to help stop illegal fishing

Citizen scientists can now report — and potentially help stop — illegal fishing with the snap of a photo thanks to a new smartphone app developed by the Nature Conservancy. Something like three-quarters of the world’s fishing grounds are being overfished–that is, fish are being taken out faster than they can be replenished by reproduction. […]

August 15, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Species Hunt –  Sat 16th Aug 2014

Species Hunt – Sat 16th Aug 2014

Luce Bay/Port Logan Fishing times from 0900 to 1700 hrs. This year’s Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network Species Hunt takes place this Saturday in Luce Bay / Port Logan areas of Southwest Scotland – the early forecast is showing moderate winds from NW to SW. If the winds directions remain the same as the current […]

August 12, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
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