Monthly Archives: September 2012

Increase in catch and release of salmon

Rod catch of salmon reached 87,915 last year – the sixth highest year on record and 98 per cent of the of the previous five-year average. Final statistics for 2011 published today reveal that salmon catch and release practices continue … Continue reading

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Tweedstart Learn To Fish Day for Adults

TweedStart is holding an Open Day just for adults next Saturday, 22nd September. The free event will be held at TweedStart’s base at The Roxburghe Ponds specifically for adults who would like a fly fishing taster session. TweedStart runs many … Continue reading

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Cash boost for Scottish offshore wind power

Subsidies for offshore wind technology could be increased as part of a plan to encourage investment, it has been revealed. Energy minister Fergus Ewing hopes a new targeted incentive could open up the exploitation of deeper, more challenging waters off … Continue reading

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How can Scotland cope with China’s salmon demands?

Costing the Earth – Scotland’s Salmon The Scottish salmon industry had a major boost after China opened its doors to imports – but with the government setting a target to increase salmon production by 50% by 2020, local communities are … Continue reading

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The dirty 360

MORE than 360 industrial sites across Scotland have been officially condemned by the Scottish government’s green watchdog for failing to control pollution. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has named and shamed waste dumps, fish farms, sewage works, scrap yards … Continue reading

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“Sustainable” salmon farms under fire

AN ANGLING organisation has revealed today that levels of seabed pollution at almost two thirds of Scottish marine salmon farms are either “unsatisfactory” or “borderline” and that the two main culprits were two companies most lauded for their environmental stewardship. … Continue reading

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Beaver killing may be necessary in future, SNH report says

Killing beavers may become necessary to control their numbers if the animals were formally reintroduced to Scotland, according to a new report. Beavers have been released in Knapdale, in Argyll, in a trial project. A wider programme of releases in … Continue reading

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Offshore windfarm plan for over 300 turbines in Moray Firth unveiled

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the Scottish coast, with 339 turbines sited in the Moray Firth, has been unveiled. Developers say the £4.5 billion project, 13 miles off Caithness, could create hundreds of … Continue reading

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Keeping Rivers Cool – New guidance for river managers

The Environment Agency have just published comprehensive guidance on creating riparian shading on rivers. The guidance has been produced to support the creation of shade over rivers using riparian trees and vegetation (riparian shade). The focus is on maintaining suitable … Continue reading

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New 2012 tagged salmon recapture data shows a pattern emerging in Norway

NEW FIGURES even before the season’s end yesterday show that of 200 salmon released and tagged after capture on the River Gaula below Gaulfossen this season, 30 per cent have been re-caught by anglers. The figure is even more surprising … Continue reading

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