Entanglement is the biggest identified cause of death due to human activity for minke and humpback whales, and the extent of the issue has not been well understood. Whales and other marine animals can become entangled in fishing equipment, including the ropes linking creels (also known as pots), which are set around Scotland’s coasts to […]

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Scottish Secretary for the Environment, Mairi McAllan has confirmed that under the National Marine Plan, the government will make it mandatory for all scallop dredgers and pelagic vessels to be fitted with remote electronic monitoring equipment (REM) technology. The Minister says she believes, “REM provides opportunities to modernise the way in which accountability and confidence […]

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