This paper looks at the detailed relationship between trawling, fish and invertebrate populations in the Irish Sea ‘The effects of bottom trawling on benthic invertebrates include reductions of biomass, diversity and body size. These changes may negatively affect prey availability for demersal fishes, potentially leading to reduced food intake, body condition and yield of fishes […]

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Steve Hull   ‘The Productive Seas Evidence Group (PSEG – one of the four evidence groups reporting to the Marine Science Coordination Committee) has published a report http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/science/MSCC/PSEG/socecenviron exploring current requirements and guidance on socio-economic assessment for marine development projects. It highlights that while UK marine policy increasingly demands that regulators integrate environmental, social and economic […]

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A Scottish wildlife charity has lodged a legal challenge against the consent granted to four major offshore wind farm projects. RSPB Scotland is challenging the developments in the Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay. Scottish ministers approved the Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo projects in October. Industry body Scottish […]

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