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SHARKATAG 2017

SHARKATAG 2017

The ninth annual Sharkatag event will be held on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of June 2017. The event will take place from marks around the Solway and SW Scotland but the event will primarily be based at the Clashwhannon Caravan Park in Drummore. Entries will also be taken at Sands of Luce Holiday Park at Sandhead […]

May 5, 2017 Featured Article Read More →
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 →
Proposals for additional shark and ray protection to be considered at CITES CoP17

Proposals for additional shark and ray protection to be considered at CITES CoP17

  Last week the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) commenced in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday. The conference will run from the the 24th September – 5th October 2016.     CITES is an international treaty formed in 1973 […]

September 27, 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 →
SharkFest 2016 coming to Bristol this September

SharkFest 2016 coming to Bristol this September

This year marks the first official UK Shark Festival! SharkFest, hosted by the conservation organisation Fin Fighters, will be held on the 24th September at the M Shed in Bristol. Fin Fighters have partnered up a number of charities and organisations including: The Shark Trust, Sharks4Kids, Marine Conservation Society and the Manta Trust, to bring […]

September 7, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Greenland sharks “longest living vertebrate”!

Greenland sharks “longest living vertebrate”!

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The team found that the sharks grow at just 1cm a year, and reach sexual maturity at about the age […]

August 13, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Summer Angling Festival Success

Summer Angling Festival Success

This year’s Summer Angling Festival (3rd – 5th June) was a great success that brought the public and anglers together in a much larger way than ever before. Sharkatag, our flagship event, had been successfully run since 2008 but for 2016 it was time to add something new, keep it fresh and really celebrate our […]

June 16, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
Did you know? #1

Did you know? #1

Our SSACN website allows you to work out the weight of the most commonly caught fish in Scottish waters from just their length? Visit: www.ssacn.org/gfac/length-to-weight

March 19, 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 →
Summer Angling Festival

Summer Angling Festival

SSACN are pleased to announce their SUMMER ANGLING FESTIVAL, the event will be held on the weekend of 3rd, 4th, 5th June 2016 (Friday till Sunday) and will this year be held from a single base at Sands of Luce Holiday Park, Sandhead. The event will encompass Sharkatag, Boat and Shore Species Hunts, Pegged Shore […]

January 28, 2016 Featured Article Read More →
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