Shark Bites

SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

The purpose of the Loch Sunart MPA is to facilitate the very differing management, monitoring and surveying requirements of conserving common skate. The common skate is the largest skate in the world. It was once found around the entire British coastline but unsustainable levels of fishing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have reduced the […]

July 24, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
SHARKATAG 2014 IS GO

SHARKATAG 2014 IS GO

The weather forecast for this weekend’s re-scheduled Sharkatag Event is looking good so the event will proceed as planned on Saturday and Sunday with centres at Brighouse Bay Caravan site, Steam Packet Inn Isle Of Whithorn, Sands Of Luce Caravan Park Sandhead and the Clashwhannon Caravan Park at Drumore. Registrations will be open 1930 – […]

July 16, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Result of emerging smoothhound commercial market

Result of emerging smoothhound commercial market

Background to this disgusting demonstration of irresponsible commercial practices may be found here.

July 13, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Re-scheduled Sharkatag this weekend

Re-scheduled Sharkatag this weekend

This year’s re-scheduled Sharkatag event is now only a few days away so here’s hoping for better weather than the original dates for this year’s event a month ago. The format is just the same – catch, tag and record sharks caught over the 2 day event. The event is being run out of four […]

July 5, 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

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 →
Electronic tagging supports shark conservation

Electronic tagging supports shark conservation

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, a marine and shark scientist at Miami University, has written an article for National Geographic describing some if his work with electronic tags. He explains that understanding and predicting animal movement is important as it is central to establishing effective management and conservation strategies. Dr. Hammerschlag describes how work at the university […]

January 17, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Tracked white shark approaches Florida coast

Tracked white shark approaches Florida coast

A female white shark measuring 14ft 2” that was tagged by the not for profit organisation OCEARCH has been tracked down the east coast of the US. The shark, nicknamed Katherine, was originally tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts in August and has slowly made her way down to Florida.  Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean […]

January 13, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Shark cull to start in WA

Shark cull to start in WA

Since the Western Australian (WA) Government announced plans to cull White Sharks in December it has been a controversial and widely debated topic with school children from as far away as Canada writing the WA Premier to ask for the scientific evidence to support such a cull. Following seven shark related deaths in WA waters […]

January 6, 2014 Featured Article Read More →

Other Recent Posts

Tobermory Marine Week: 2-10th of August 2014

Tobermory Marine Week: 2-10th of August 2014

The Tobermory Marine Visitor Centre will be running a fun packed marine week this August from the 2nd to the 10th. If you fancy a great day out then why not attend one or several of the days activities. The SSTP will be present for “Shark Day” on Monday the 4th conducting an educational workshop […]

July 16, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
SSTP at Portpatrick Primary School

SSTP at Portpatrick Primary School

The SSTP was thrilled to visit Portpatrick Primary School in Dumfries and Galloway for the third year running. Ed Wright, our Project Officer, had the pleasure of the company of all 27 pupils for the afternoon of the 27th of June. First of all it was amazing to see how much some of the older […]

July 7, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Stirling International Angling Festival

Stirling International Angling Festival

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in The Stirling International Angling Festival this August 2014. The event will run for the 6th to the 10th of August across the whole country but we will be present at the Hub Event on the weekeenf of the 9th and 10th. We will have […]

July 3, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
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