Yesterday the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme took part in the Tobermory Marine Visitor Centre’s Marine Week. Monday the 4th of August was Shark Day which meant talks, tours and tasty shark cookies! The SSTP had a stand with lots if information about what we do to tag and protect sharks, skates and rays in Scotland. The […]
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. […]
The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme recently took part in the Tobermory Marine Visitor Centre’s Marine Week. Monday the 4th of August was Shark Day which meant talks, tours and tasty shark shaped cookies! The SSTP had a stand with lots if information about what we do to tag and protect sharks, skates and rays in […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
Background to this disgusting demonstration of irresponsible commercial practices may be found here.