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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CFP Deal –  Business as usual – quota advice still ignored Conservationists took a rather different view from the Government over the 2015 CFP deal complaining that it was business as usual with politicians ignoring scientific advice on quotas – read more: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/16/fishing-quotas-defy-scientists-advice Defra ‘Deal strikes the right balance between supporting business and conserving fish […]

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Angling and conservation groups are gearing up for a parliamentary debate (Dec 3rd) on the management of sea bass stocks ahead of a crucial meeting of the EU Fisheries Council in Brussels. The debate has been called by Conservative MP George Hollingbery, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling, following the outcry over […]

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Edited by Chris Williams of MSEP/NEF this newsletter is goldmine of information. The October edition contains over 50 items – factsheets, publications, events and training courses with a strong emphasis on fisheries management and natural resources. For example: A workshop on the European & maritime fisheries Fund in November Factsheets on the socio-economics of many […]

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Defra – MMO: More than 700,000 extra days at sea have been secured for UK fishermen in Western Waters in 2014. The extra fishing days were confirmed after industry-led negotiations between UK and French representatives, which have been taking place since the start of the year. Vessels in the UK over-15 metre scallop fleet have […]

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  This is information is extremely valuable in helping to understand the direction of travel and ecosystem impacts of our fishing industry. ‘The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) published its annual UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2013 report today. The report includes detailed figures on the UK fishing fleet, the number of fishermen, the quantity and value […]

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