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Quite the Clamity
Posted on 18 April 2014

In 2007 a clam was caught at the North coast of Iceland, Scientists believed at the time that it was over 400 years old, This meant that the clam (named "Ming" after the Ming Dynasty) was born around the time when King James I (James VI of Scotland was replacing Queen Elizabeth I on the English throne, Shakespeare was writing his greatest plays Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, and Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake for espousing the view that the sun, rather than the earth was the centre of the universe. Yet in late 2013 Bangor scientists accidently killed the clam and doing so found out that instead of 400 years old it was 507 years old, which means that it was born on the same year that Leonardo da Vinci was still painting the Mona Lisa and the year Christopher Columbus died. We beleive these clams may still live in Orkney waters.

Posted on 18 April 2014
A letter you won't see in this week's Orcadian
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
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