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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 →
NFFO oppose zero TAC’s for spurdog and porbeagle

NFFO oppose zero TAC’s for spurdog and porbeagle

In a recent news story, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) expressed their view that zero TACs have no place in fisheries management except in a single species fishery in urgent need of dramatic remedial action. Focussing on spurdog and porbeagle the NFFO feel that the purpose of zero TACs for them seems to […]

December 13, 2012 Featured Article Read More →
EU to prolong deep-water shark fishing ban

EU to prolong deep-water shark fishing ban

EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki said Thursday that a total ban on fishing endangered deep-water shark species would be maintained for another two years. After talks with fisheries ministers, Commissioner Damanaki stated "I would like to underline that on [these] sharks we keep the zero-fishing proposal," Catch allowances have been at zero for the last […]

November 30, 2012 Featured Article Read More →
Trawlers could damage MPAs

Trawlers could damage MPAs

The life history characteristics of  bottom feeding fish make them particularly vulnerable to fishing mortality. This was highlighted again in a recent study into the impact on elasmobranchs  which found that Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are only likely to be effective only if commercial fishing effort is kept within a level which is consistent with […]

November 24, 2012 Featured Article Read More →
EU Parliament Votes in Favour of Complete Finning Ban

EU Parliament Votes in Favour of Complete Finning Ban

Today the European parliament voted in favour of completely closing the loopholes in the EU shark finning ban: more than that they voted by an overwhelming majority of 566:47. This excellent news comes after some uncertainty regarding the issue due to opposition by some member states. This vote means that commercial vessels would be required […]

November 22, 2012 Featured Article Read More →
Windfarm CUTS – No proper Environmental Impact Assessment ?

Windfarm CUTS – No proper Environmental Impact Assessment ?

Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) have scaled back a planned £7bn windfarm off the Inner Hebrides after it was pointed out that it is a breeding ground for the world’s second-biggest fish. So why wasn’t a proper Environmental Assessment performed before ? The 300-turbine project at Skerryvore Reef off the coast of Tiree will be cut […]

November 3, 2012 Featured Article Read More →
Shark and ray species to get protection

Shark and ray species to get protection

Representatives from 37 countries have proposed their support for the protection of vulnerable shark and ray species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species  (CITES). 10 species of shark and ray including scalloped, smooth and great hammerheads, oceanic white tip sharks, porbeagles and manta rays have been put forward as species requiring protection, […]

October 15, 2012 Featured Article Read More →
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