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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BRITISH POLITICIANS CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUPERTRAWLERS

"The writing is on the wall for supertrawlers in UK waters according to the international environmental organisation, Greenpeace. It claims that 23 supertrawlers have been operating in UK waters regularly this year and has mounted a campaign jointly with British Members of Parliament to “highlight the damage they do” and to get the British Government to ban them.

Read the full story in the September edition of the MARINE TIMES.

SCOTLAND PELAGIC ASSOCIATION SURVEYING HERRING

The Scottish pelagic industry is carrying out a project to improve knowledge of herring and provide data to ICES to assist in assessing the herring stocks and developing a rebuilding plan. Acoustic surveying is used to estimate herring abundance and biological samples are taken from small-scale scientific sample hauls in order to determine the age structure of the stock.

UNITED STATES AQUACULTURE OPPORTUNITY AREAS

Southern California and the Gulf of Mexico where waters are under Federal US control have been designated as the first two regions to be ‘Aquaculture Opportunity Areas’ by NOAA Fisheries, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This is the first step in a programme to establish ten such areas around the US by 2025.

HOLLAND’S MAJOR FISHING EVENT CANCELLED

This year’s Holland Fisheries exhibition has been cancelled because of “the rising uncertainty around Covid-19,” according to the organisers. It had been scheduled for October 2-3. It has been postponed until 2022.