Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

This consultation is designed to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the approach currently being taken as the Government continue to develop the legislative provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill. The easiest way to access and respond to the consultation is through the Scottish Government’s online consultation tool – Citizen Space. You…

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…

Can Marine Scotland protect the MPAs ?

The designation of the marine protected areas (MPAs) last month means a fifth of Scottish waters may be guarded against harmful activities. However, can Marine Scotland really ensure their long term viability as there is a big difference between the resources put into fisheries and conservation management in England and in Scotland ? If they…

Electronic tagging supports shark conservation

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, a marine and shark scientist at Miami University, has written an article for National Geographic describing some if his work with electronic tags. He explains that understanding and predicting animal movement is important as it is central to establishing effective management and conservation strategies. Dr. Hammerschlag describes how work at the university…

Shark cull to start in WA

Since the Western Australian (WA) Government announced plans to cull White Sharks in December it has been a controversial and widely debated topic with school children from as far away as Canada writing the WA Premier to ask for the scientific evidence to support such a cull. Following seven shark related deaths in WA waters…

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