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Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

As you may or may not be aware, a several new Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) have recently been accepted. SSACN recently attended a consultation where management options were proposed for all the west coast MPA’s in addition to some suggested management changes for a few Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s). We are now at the […]

November 26, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Please click here for a link to the dates and locations of the next meetings. SSACN proposed an MPA for Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura in order to protect the Critically Endangered common skate. We are delighted that this has been accepted but we are keen to see the MPA managed in the right […]

November 26, 2014 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 →
Luce Bay SAC Meeting

Luce Bay SAC Meeting

There will be a drop-in event at Stranraer Library on Thursday 27th November from 3pm to 9pm to allow interested parties to share their views on the possible management approaches for Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) A  SAC contains habitats, animals or plants of European importance; Luce Bay and Sands were designated as […]

November 25, 2014 Featured Article Read More →

Interesting Tag Returns

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 →
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 →

Threats to sharks

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 →
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 →

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

GRAB Trust Marine Education Day – Inveraray

GRAB Trust Marine Education Day – Inveraray

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme was once again invited along a Marine Education Day for Primary School children organised by the Group for Recycling in Argyll and Bute (or GRAB Trust). So, on Monday the 25th of Novermber, our Project Officer Ed Wright, attended along with other organisations including the Marine Conservation Society and the […]

November 27, 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 →
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 →
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