MCS: Placing proportionate limits on bottom-towed fishing could help boost long-term jobs in fragile rural communities, as well as protect the environment, contend a coalition of Scottish charities. The Scottish Government is due to announce measures for managing fishing in several Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) later this month. Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce has written […]

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The owner/skipper of a fishing vessel, who pleaded guilty to not showing navigation lights, employing crew who’d not completed safety training and to using it while it was unregistered, has been sent to prison. At a hearing (10th November) at Southampton Crown Court, the owner/skipper Michael Roy Stimson received a custodial sentence totalling four months. He […]

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You need not look far to find the world’s “super predator,” a term used by UVic scientists to describe how human dominance has bred an unrelenting predacious global culture that threatens nature’s balance. Research published in the 21 August 2015 edition of the journal Science by a team led by Dr. Chris Darimont, the Hakai-Raincoast […]

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This issue covers:   John Robb’s retirement – Tanya Arkle is the interim Director Protecting Bass Sustainable fishing and MSY An update on scallop management Update on the discard ban Seafish’s Corporate plan   Contact russ.greenwood@defra.gsi.gov.uk to sign up

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Greenpeace  24 April, 2015: ‘A full judicial review into the government’s decision to continue to give nearly the entire UK fishing quota to domestic industrial and foreign corporations, at the expense of local, low impact fishermen, has been given the green light by the High Court.    Justice Andrews granted permission to Greenpeace to argue that […]

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In response to our April 14th mailing A Defra spokesperson said: “We are aware of concerns about a short term reduction in enforcement powers available to Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) officers. The Marine Management Organisation is warranting a number of IFCA officers with relevant powers so that they can continue to operate as […]

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