Monthly Archives: September 2013

Marine study leads to challenge over protection

A PIONEERING study into marine life around the world’s reefs has led experts, including leading Scottish and English scientists, to challenge current efforts to protect many of the oceans’ most vulnerable fish species. A report, co-authored by scientists at the … Continue reading

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SARF Special Projects Announced

The Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF) has announced a further call for proposals for research and development projects in the following areas: SARFSP002 – Survival and Infectivity of Sea Lice SARFSP002a – Plankton Surveys for Sea Lice SARFSP002b – Sentinal … Continue reading

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Revealed: Scotland’s 267 dirty polluters

A record number of industrial sites across Scotland have been officially condemned for their “poor” or “very poor” performances in failing to control pollution. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has named and shamed 267 waste dumps, recycling plants, fish … Continue reading

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Salmon and sea trout fishery statistics 2012

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published the salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2012 season. The total reported rod catch (retained and released) of wild salmon for 2012 is 86,013. It is the tenth highest rod catch on record … Continue reading

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Ministers get tough over opencast mine sites

THE coal industry is facing a crackdown by the Scottish Government amid growing anger over large swathes of countryside left “scarred” by abandoned opencast mines. Firms which go bust are walking away from areas which have been affected, prompting energy … Continue reading

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Pentland Firth tidal turbine project given consent

Work is to begin on the largest tidal energy project in Europe after the Scottish government granted permission. MeyGen is to install the tidal array in stages in the Pentland Firth, between Orkney and the Scottish mainland. It will begin … Continue reading

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New advice leaflet on catch & release

With stocks on many salmon rivers under pressure, catch and release (C&R) is now widely practised by anglers across Britain. In 2012, 74 percent of rod-caught salmon were released by anglers in Scotland, and 65 percent in England and Wales. A … Continue reading

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Hope for Ness salmon revival

There could be an ­additional 1000 salmon in two Highland river systems in the years to come, because of an agreement with local salmon netters to curtail their activities. There could be an ­additional 1000 salmon in two Highland river … Continue reading

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First meeting of Scotland’s Rural Parliament to be held next year

The first meeting of Scotland’s Rural Parliament will be held next year, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs has announced. The Rural Parliament will empower Scotland’s rural communities by bringing people and policy makers together to look at improving policies … Continue reading

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