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2013-11-11 11:05:04

Banning the practice of throwing unmarketable or over-quota fish back into the sea is just one of the measures needed to deliver sustainable fisheries according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Research carried out by UEA with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and published today in the journal Fisheries Research reveals that a ban will only help future fish stocks if it is accompanied by other measures to reduce total fishing...

2013-03-14 17:51:12

Species of seabirds could successfully return to their natural foraging habits following changes to European fisheries policies, scientists have suggested. The European Parliament recently voted to scrap the controversial discards policy, which has seen fishermen throwing thousands of edible fish and fish waste back into the sea because they have exceeded their quotas. Scientists at Plymouth University believe this could have a negative impact on some seabirds, which have become used to...

2011-06-23 15:26:02

Banning fisheries discards in the North Sea will promote fish stock recovery and increase fishermen's incomes, according to new research by scientists at the University of York. In the North Sea up to 75 per cent of fish are currently dumped after being caught, with the result that many fisheries are now badly overfished. In comparison, discards were banned in Norwegian waters in the late 1980s and their fisheries are now some of the most prosperous in the world. The research, published in...

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2010-03-22 08:53:22

A proposed EU ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard from commercial boats could put one of the North Sea's most successful sea birds at risk, say researchers at the University of Leeds. New research led by Dr Keith Hamer will assess the extent to which gannets rely on unwanted fish and offal thrown from fishing boats to successfully breed and raise their chicks. "The North Sea has undergone massive environmental changes over the last twenty years, which has put pressure on nearly all sea...

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2008-10-28 08:50:00

The European Union is granting more protection to exotic deepwater fish, some of which can live up to 150 years. Fisheries ministers agreed to major quota cuts for the next two years.Exotic fish like forkbeard, black scabbardfish, greater silver smelt and roundnose grenadier grow and reproduce far more slowly than fish in shallower waters.These deep sea species have become an attractive catch as trawlers switch from their regular fishing grounds due to the depletion of mainstay commercial...

2008-10-10 12:00:18

By GRAEME SMITH A SCOTTISH fishermen's leader has condemned the fact that foreign vessels are allowed to exploit our waters while enjoying fuel subsidies that the Scots are denied. Ian Gatt, president of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, the major catching organisation, said the fleet was looking forward to a fairly profitable year in 2008 until oil spiralled to near $150 a barrel. "At that level many owners were talking about survival not profit, " he told the federation's annual...

2008-09-26 06:00:19

By Jenny Haworth FISHERMEN in Scotland are throwing away GBP 40 million worth of fish every year, in a situation that has been described as "economic madness" and "hell" for the industry. At a time of high food prices and of economic downturn, millions of tonnes of dead fish are being thrown over the side of boats into the North Sea each year because of European quotas. It is now estimated that about 100,000 tonnes of fish are dumped by Scottish fishermen alone. This means that, for...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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