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Skate Conundrum

Skate Conundrum

The SSTP recently attended a workshop on the common skate in Orkney, held by SNH and Marine Scotland science. The Orkney representation was the Council, Heriot Watt University, the Orkney Fishing Association and the Orkney Skate Trust. There is a conundrum concerning the skate purses that literally wash up empty in their hundreds on certain […]

November 22, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Meet our new SSTP project officer: Amie Williams

Meet our new SSTP project officer: Amie Williams

Edward Wright; our present Project Officer has done a superb job at the helm of the tagging programme during the last three years but he feels it is time to move on. Ed is planning to travel the world with his partner Nuria. The trustees of SSACN would like to thank Ed for his commitment […]

September 16, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Has MPA management compromised the fate of the common skate?

Has MPA management compromised the fate of the common skate?

As an IUCN Critically Endangered species, the common skate is somewhat ironically named. Once found throughout Europe, deep sea lochs on the West coast of Scotland are now one of their last strongholds. However, the latest Scottish Government measures introduced to protect this majestic, but sadly all-too-rare creature, whilst a major step forward, are still at […]

March 7, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Tagging on Border TV

Tagging on Border TV

Fiona Armstrong’s been on a shark tagging expedition with Ian Burrett at Port Logan on the Mull of Galloway – the southernmost point of Scotland. Fiona also interviews Edward Wright and Michelle Frost to learn about some of the misunderstandings associated with sharks and also their role in the overall marine environment. She catches a […]

December 14, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
SSTP aids Northern Irish Government with tagger training

SSTP aids Northern Irish Government with tagger training

The SSTP were recently invited to Belfast to provide some skate tagger training to members of the Ulster Wildlife and people from the Department of Environments Marine Division. The Marine Division have been tasked with managing and issuing the licenses that are now required in Northern Ireland to tag common skate. The skate are a […]

December 7, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
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 →
Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen Helps Launch Shark Conservation Project!

Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen Helps Launch Shark Conservation Project!

  Global FinPrint is a Paul G. Allen initiative that brings together an international research team and collaborators around the world to fill a critical information gap about the diminishing numbers of shark and rays.  The project launches in summer 2015, with a multi-institutional team conducting surveys of sharks, rays and other types of marine […]

July 13, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Species Hunt 2015 Report

Species Hunt 2015 Report

The weatherman promised light winds but the North Westerly fresh winds that blew most of the day made it hard going in this year’s SSACN species hunt in Southwest Scotland. Most of the boats opted for Port Logan and boated some 15 different species – highlighting the wide variety of species available in the area […]

June 16, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Resident spurdog in Lochs Etive and Sunart?

Resident spurdog in Lochs Etive and Sunart?

Many of you will remember that the SSTP was formed initially to provide data to explore the possibility of a resident population of spurdog in Lochs Sunart and Etive. Anecdotal evidence had suggested that large females could be caught all the year round which is very unusual for what was considered a highly migratory species. […]

June 1, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
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