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Revive the Clyde campaign–update

Revive the Clyde campaign–update

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) have recently released an information pack regarding their proposed Shellfish Regulating Order for the Firth Of Clyde (RO). The document outlines one of their proposed scenarios for management of the fishery in the Clyde ….. In the first version of the document it was proposed that there will be […]

March 6, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Supporting Marine Scotland Science

Supporting Marine Scotland Science

Marine Scotland Science’s analysis of the skate data has shown a 5% migration through the corridors between the Sound of Jura, Firth of Lorne and the Sound of Mull. In an attempt to help understand the make up of the skate populations and assess their site fidelity, migration routes and see if fish from other […]

November 26, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
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 →
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 →

Interesting Tag Returns

Tope – SSTP days at liberty record smashed!

Tope – SSTP days at liberty record smashed!

Whilst working on the database recently we came across an amazing new “days at liberty” record for a tope that had previously slipped our attention. Male Tope # 21161 was originally tagged in Luce Bay in June 2003 under the UK Shark Tagging Programme and was subsequently recaptured (also in Luce Bay) in October 2013. […]

February 12, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Wandering Star

Wandering Star

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) has seen some amazing results during its 6 years off tagging sharks. Recently a common skate originally tagged, in an Irish tagging programme, in Ballycastle Bay Northern Ireland in March 2003, was recaptured twice by anglers fishing off the Scottish coast after having been at liberty for 4182 days […]

January 17, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily!

SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily!

Recently a researcher at the Italian Institute for Coastal and Marine Environment got in touch with us about a tope a local fisherman had caught. Amazingly the tope in question had been tagged by the Stuart Cresswel in Luce Bay in June 2009 and had been re-caught more than five years later in the fisherman’s trammel […]

December 15, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
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 →

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

Volume of shark fins served in Hong Kong halves

Volume of shark fins served in Hong Kong halves

According to a WWF Hong Kong survey, the volume of shark fins served in restaurants dropped nearly 50% year on year to 161kg in 2013. The poll of the 35 restaurants was carried out between April and September by the conservation group. It found that the volume dropped steadily from 337kg in 2011 to 306 […]

November 24, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
England and Wales look to protect megafauna

England and Wales look to protect megafauna

Whales, dolphins and sharks need protection from boats and over-fishing at 17 areas off the English and Welsh coastlines, a new report suggests. Unlike the work done in Scotland, this is the first time, the strips of water where large marine life, known as ‘megafauna’, gather to feed, breed and raise their young, have been […]

November 4, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
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 →

Other Recent Posts

Species Hunt 2015 Report

Species Hunt 2015 Report

The weatherman promised light winds but the North Westerly fresh winds that blew most of the day made it hard going in this year’s SSACN species hunt in Southwest Scotland. Most of the boats opted for Port Logan and boated some 15 different species – highlighting the wide variety of species available in the area […]

June 16, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA to Parliament

Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA to Parliament

Given the shared disbelief among many Scottish NGO’s about Marine Scotland’s proposed changes to the our Marine Protected Areas and Special Areas of Conservation, it is vital that we put pressure on the Government to answer important questions about their plans. Only recently the Governments own Environmental Committee suggested Scotland’s Draft Marine Plan was unacceptable. Convener Rob […]

February 9, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Don’t take the P–The Video

Don’t take the P–The Video

Scotland’s seas need your help – see the video. We need to tell the Scottish Government: DontTakeTheP out of MPAs. Our seas should be managed for public benefit – but they are in ecological decline. We have two choices. We can either stick with the status-quo by zoning off just a few, small patches of […]

January 20, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
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