Monthly Archives: July 2012

Developer announces Scotland’s second-largest windfarm off coast of Fife

Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP), which is developing wind farms in seven countries on four continents, has asked government agency Marine Scotland for permission to erect between 64 and 125 turbines off the coast of Fife. The Neart na Gaoithe farm … Continue reading

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Institute of Fishery Management Annual Conference

The Institute of Fishery Management is hosting its national conference in Edinburgh this year (3, 4 & 5 October).  The theme is ‘Evidence Based Fishery Management: Improving Knowledge Exchange in Fisheries Science’. Whilst this is a UK-wide event, Scotland’s fishery … Continue reading

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Beavers on the march south

TO the joy of animal-lovers and the despair of landowners, Scotland’s wild beavers are on the move. A canoeist has uncovered the first evidence that the animals are migrating south from the Tay to the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs … Continue reading

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Lack of rain traps salmon in pool on Lewis

A combination of low tides and a lack of rain has trapped dozens of salmon in a salt water pool on the Western Isles. The islands and the north-west Highlands have experienced lower than average rainfall. The situation has prevented … Continue reading

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Lack of success ends salmon restoration effort in Connecticut River

The federal government is ending its conservation effort to restore Atlantic salmon in the Connecticut River basin because the nearly half-century old program is not working well enough to justify the continued cost – and a similar program in the … Continue reading

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Copper Found to Make Salmon More Vulnerable to Predators

Minute amounts of copper from brake linings and mining operations can affect salmon to where they are easily eaten by predators, says a Washington State University researcher. Jenifer McIntyre found the metal affects salmon’s sense of smell so much that … Continue reading

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The First Global Standards for Salmon Farming

After eight years of spirited debate and delicate diplomacy, a consortium of environmental organizations, commercial fishing executives, scientists and government officials has developed the first comprehensive global standards for salmon farming. The 91-page document specifies 100 fish-farming standards, from the … Continue reading

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Rare mussels almost “wiped out”

The largest population in English waters of an endangered species of mollusc has almost been destroyed. Insect charity Buglife has called for an inquiry after the death of up to 90% of the freshwater pearl mussels at the Ennerdale Water … Continue reading

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Loch is booming after big blooming clean-up

LOCH Leven in Perthshire was once known for the algal blooms that blighted it due to pollution. It got so badly choked with slimy algae one weekend in June, 1992, that the event became known as Scum Saturday, causing a … Continue reading

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