Marine Scotland

  • Action on fishing gear conflict

    18th November 2013 by

    A Scottish Government taskforce is being established to tackle deliberate acts of gear vandalism at sea and help resolve conflicts within the fishing industry. Often the same sea area is shared between local and nomadic fishing operators as well as between trawlers and creelers in different parts of the country. The Scottish Government is keen...

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  • Cod stock recovering

    18th October 2013 by

    Speaking immediately after the EU Fisheries Council in Luxembourg Scotland’s Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead said: “The good news out of today’s Council is that there is general consensus among Ministers, and indeed acknowledged by the Commissioner herself, that cod stocks are recovering. “We now await further scientific advice which is due out very soon, which...

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  • Cod TAC and days at sea are priorities

    18th October 2013 by

    Increased cod TAC would help prevent discards, while days at sea reduction would cripple fishing industry. A further reduction in the number of days fishermen can go to sea would be devastating for Scotland’s already fragile fishing industry.‬ ‪In the run-up to the crunch Fisheries Council in Brussels in December, Scotland’s Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead...

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  • Shaping the future for the fishing industry

    7th October 2013 by

    The Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead outlined his vision for the future success of the fishing industry in his speech to the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation (SFF) on 2 October. Speaking at the SFF dinner annual dinner in Edinburgh, Mr Lochhead highlighted five key issues on the horizon which will shape the future direction of the industry....

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  • Joint Warrior Exercise: 7 – 17 October

    2nd October 2013 by

    The next in the 6 monthly series of NATO Joint Warrior exercises, co-ordinated by the Ministry of Defence will take place between 7 – 17 October. Information about the exercise and what it will involve are available on the Marine Scotland website.

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  • Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2012 published

    12th September 2013 by

    Statistics published today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician show that the value of fish landed by Scottish vessels in 2012 decreased by nine per cent in real terms from 2011, which was the highest value of the century. The quantity of fish landed increased by two per cent. These figures published today update the Provisional Scottish...

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  • £6m boost for Scottish fishing

    25th July 2013 by

    Fishermen will be offered help to deal with the current pressures facing the industry through an action plan unveiled today. Prawn and white fish fishermen in Scotland have faced tough conditions in recent years with high fuel prices, export markets under pressure and the EU’s Cod Recovery Plan (CRP) having a detrimental effect. The dramatic...

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