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Prawn lobby attack on Scotland’s MPAs

Prawn lobby attack on Scotland’s MPAs

Not satisfied with having squeezed Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network to a mere 3.5% of Scottish waters during 5 years of consultations, the Clyde-led prawn lobby is now seeking to have even this modest area annulled via the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee (RACCE) next Wednesday. This is a serious challenge to the democratically elected […]

January 24, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
2016 Time to think again

2016 Time to think again

In 2011, we asked a number of people across a broad range of interests to give their views on any aspect of the state of Scotland’s marine environment in the hope they would provoke some alternative thinking regarding inshore management or just simply show how sea angling has a part to play in delivering a […]

January 19, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Help needed to “Revive the Clyde”

Help needed to “Revive the Clyde”

Please note that any comments have to be sent in by Monday 18th January. The Scottish Government has received an application for a Regulating Order, which intends to “revive the clyde”. If successful, the order submitted by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) will restrict prawn trawling in many of the areas thought to be […]

January 15, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Sea Angling Survey 2016

Sea Angling Survey 2016

Sea angling is of huge economic and social importance of sea angling in the UK, and information is required to help sea angling bodies and government to make better informed decisions on policies for promoting the long term conservation of our valuable fish stocks. In 2016 the UK is conducting surveys to find out more […]

January 7, 2016 Featured Article Read More →

Interesting Tag Returns

12 recaptures and still going strong!

12 recaptures and still going strong!

The SSTP database currently has thousands of sharks, skates and rays on it, every one of them important and vital but the data recently brought our attention to a particularly special skate! Male skate 2482, originally tagged in November 2009 in the Sound of Jura has been recaptured and released a whopping 12 times since […]

September 29, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
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 →

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

New species of shark discovered in Scottish waters

New species of shark discovered in Scottish waters

Finding strange and unusual looking elasmobranchs in the deep sea is not uncommon but following a recent deep sea survey scientists from Marine Scotland noticed a species that they had not seen before. Following some careful research it was established that the fish (pictured to the right) was in fact a false catshark sometimes known […]

September 28, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Sharkatag 2015 Report

Sharkatag 2015 Report

We would like to say a big thank you to the participants of this year’s Sharkatag event in southwest Scotland. Conditions were difficult limiting the event to the Saturday only with over half the boats opting to fish from Port Logan to take some shelter. A total of 18 boats participated,  catching, tagging and releasing 19 […]

September 17, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Trigger fish tagging programme

Trigger fish tagging programme

The grey triggerfish which has long been considered a seasonal visitor to the British coast but in the Western Atlantic it is found from Bermuda to Nova Scotia. This has led researchers to start asking the question “is it possible triggerfish are seasonal migrants not just visitors?” There is precedent for this: Until recently it […]

September 2, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
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