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Posted on 17 April 2014
Orkney Fisheries Association
4 Ferry Terminal Buildings
Kirkwall Pier
Kirkwall

KW15 1HU

14.4.14

Dear Sir

In the interests of balance can we affirm that what we consider is a front-page newsworthy story is that for the first time ever in the history of aquaculture development in Orkney waters, the OIC have upheld the objections of the indigenous fishermen! The OIC are to be roundly congratulated for this as we detect that huge pressure has been placed on them to do otherwise. Since this has become a debate about who can quote figures with the biggest amount of zeros on the end, can we also assure all that collectively fishermen have also spent a comparable amount of money protecting their right to continue their legitimate fishing activity in the face of unprecedented spatial competition from a series of wealthy developers. That money has come out of their own pockets to fund their collective voice through OFA which is where the similarity to the funding of Scottish Sea Farms ends.

Fiona Matheson
Posted on 17 April 2014
Shark Trust
Posted on 16 April 2014

The Shark Trust has produced 18* Commercial Fisheries Advisories to assist the commercial fishing industry and enforcement agencies in providing rapid access to the legislative status of sharks, skates and rays in UK, EU and some RFMO waters. These documents have been created in consultation with Defra and the MMO to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date**.

Additional hard copies can be obtained from the Shark Trust, while digital copies can be downloaded from the Shark Trust website: www.sharktrust.org/advisories.

The Advisories are complemnted by the Shark Trust's ID Guides for Sharks, Skates and Rays of the British Isles and Northeast Atlantic. These can also be freely downloaded from www.sharktrust.org/id.

If you have any queries regarding either of these products please contact the Shark Trust direct on 01752 672020 or email john@sharktrust.org

Posted on 16 April 2014
Fishing Assembly in Kirkwall
Posted on 12 March 2014

Fishermen!

There will be a 'Regional Fishing Industry Assembly' held at Kirkwall Community Centre on Friday 14th MArch. Time 6.30 - 8.30

There will be a chance to discuss and air views on any fishing industry topics and all those with industry interests are welcome.

Posted on 12 March 2014
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