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Sep 26,2008  by SACN

Angling Unity on Track

imageThe unification of angling's representative bodies is progressing well and is on schedule to launch in January 2009.  The Chairmen of the participating organisations today announced that they all intend to sign a legal merger agreement on Sunday 19 October, ... [full story]

Sep 22,2008  by SACN

Scotland's First NTZ

imageCOMMUNITY OF ARRAN SEABED TRUST, PRESS RELEASE Scotland gets its first ‘No-Take Zone’ A new dawn has broken over the troubled waters around the Island of Arran on Saturday; it brought new hope to the islands community for a better future of ... [full story]

Sep 17,2008  by SACN

EU to overhaul the CFP

imageThe European Commission has announced a full review of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, saying the current regime fails to protect fish stocks. The commission says that fishermen who obey the fishing rules are being penalised by the irresponsible behaviour ... [full story]

Aug 30,2008  by SACN

Spurdog Tagathon

imageSSACN Sunnart Spurdog Tagathon The SSACN Sunnart Spurdog Tagathon will be going ahead on the 15th and 16th of November The main aim of the weekend is to tag as many spurdog as possible from the shore and boat in Loch Sunnart ... [full story]

Aug 19,2008  by SACN

RSA Strategy Update - August 2008

imageSince the closure of the Consultation on the proposed RSA Strategy at the end of March, a further meeting of the RSA Strategy Sub Group of DEFRA's Inshore Working Group (itself a subgroup of DEFRA's Marine Stakeholders Forum), took place in ... [full story]

Aug 07,2008  by SACN


imageJust recently Border ITV gave a 3and 1/2 minute slot to highlight the crazy situation where it is illegal to land tope on the English side of the Solway, but legal on the Scottish side. This is ... [full story]

Aug 05,2008  by SACN


imageMartin Salter, MP for Reading West, has welcomed the publication of the final report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Marine Bill, of which he was a leading member, and called on the government to heed the committee’s recommendation ... [full story]

Jul 31,2008  by SACN

Hope for Spurdog

imageCommercial fishermen within the NWWRAC (North Western Waters Regional Advisory Committee) wrote to the EU to try and have the 5% spurdog bycatch rules changed allowing them to catch more of the species. Fortunately the Commission has declined this request with ... [full story]

Jul 31,2008  by SACN

Doctor Bass

imageBass was on the menu when Doctor Mike Pawson addressed a meeting of the Association of Sea Fisheries Committees in London.Some of the main interesting points on larger bass were as follows: See article from Swansea Evening Post [full story]

Jul 30,2008  by SACN

Draft Marine Bill - Report

imageThe combined parliamentary select committee, which has been looking closely at the contents of the Draft Marine Bill in consultation with stakeholders who have presented both written and oral evidence to the committee, has published it's report. See: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt200708/jtselect/jtmarine/159/15902.htm Committee's Conclusions The report ... [full story]

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