Can photographs be used to “tag” fish?

By David Bradley. In order to successfully conserve a species, information must be gathered on its distribution, habitat and the dynamics of its population, such as the population size. This information can then be used to assess whether or not a species is endangered, which management strategies have the best chance of working and, once…

Deep-sea shark nursery found in Outer Hebrides

The discovery of the first deep-sea shark spawning ground in Scotland has fuelled calls for better protection of the seas and the nation’s multi-million pound wildlife tourism sector. Marine biologists at Heriot-Watt University revealed that they have found a nursery for the blackmouth catshark on a coral reef in the Outer Hebrides. Scientists at the…

Sharkatag 2013 Post Event Report

Once again the Scottish weather played a key role in SSACN’s annual Sharkatag event! Despite the good weather leading up to the event, low pressure systems over the UK brought unsettled weather and strong south-westerly winds during the weekend unfortunately forced the cancellation of the event on both Friday and Saturday. With the wind swinging…

Skate Recapture Event 2013

This past weekend saw SSACN hold its 4th annual skate angling event in the Sound of Jura, Argyll on the west coast of Scotland attracting anglers from all over the country to pursue the magnificent common skate. In this post-event report we will aim to give a rundown of the event and pick out some…

How do shark embryos avoid predators?

Australian researchers found that the embryos could identify electric fields simulating a nearby predator, despite being confined to a tiny egg case. On sensing danger, they "froze" and temporarily stopped breathing to avoid being detected. Egg case of a white-spotted bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium plagiosum) at the Shedd Aquarium (Stefanie Seskin). Sharks use jelly-filled pores on…

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,…

Will my luck change ?

The luck of the Irish ? Well folks after a horrendous ten days of burst pipes and no heating in my house I finally got things sorted (with the monumental help from Maurice). When Alastair asked me if I wanted to go fishing I jumped at the chance. Time to kick start my winter break.…

Thornback Queen

Ticketty Boo! II now lives up at Loch Sunart for the winter, so Ayr SAC friend Darren Sloan, my daughter Sarah and I headed up for the day on Sat 25th September. Leaving the house at 5.30am, Sarah slept most of the way up there, and most of the way home too to be honest!…

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