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Gear conflict over Scottish fishing grounds escalates

Loch Creran polluted by plastic waste from fish farm company

Rogue fishermen escape prosecution as fines fall

State of Nature report confirms UK biodiversity crisis

Saving Scotland’s seabed: an example from Norway

Proposed West of Scotland MPA will be Europe’s largest

New IPCC report signals red alert on “Blue Planet”

Inspections of lice-ridden salmon farm were a “whitewash”

Dolphins in English Channel carry toxic cocktail of chemicals

Bringing humanity back into harmony with nature

Europe’s marine sanctuaries no more than paper parks

Public underrates crisis of the natural environment

Number of stranded whales in the UK on the rise

After bronze and iron, welcome to the plastic age

NTS objects to plans for big salmon farm off the isle of Canna

Farmers produce sustainable prawns in a Lincolnshire field

Skippers breaking fishing laws are fined anonymously

Studies suggest that migrating salmon take group decisions

COP26: Glasgow could host 2020 UN climate summit

SharkCam to reveal the secret life of basking sharks

FOI request reveals 112 incursions into Scottish MPAs

Police Scotland acts as “private security” for fish farms

Rise of ocean heatwaves threatens Scottish marine life

North Sea cod at critically low levels, Ices report warns

Probe launched into suspected illegal scallop dredging

Video evidence revals illegal scallop dredging off Jura

Dive in to the new Berwickshire snorkel trail

Ban on illegal discard of fish at sea is not being enforced

MPA benefits spill into neighbouring waters, study finds

West Shetland Shelf MPA to open up to trawling

Mowi set to relocate two controversial salmon farms

International and geopolitical fisheries disputes on the rise

Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into new industrial frontier

Scottish fisher fined for scallop dredging off Guernsey

Salmon industry expansion threatens wild fish stocks

Brexit endangers environmental laws in Scotland

Coastal communities missing out on government funding

Seaweed and kelp farming changing fortunes in Alaska

The Atlantic Ocean is “running out of breath”

Footage of suffering salmon prompts inquiry into animal cruelty

Fish farming industry bids to relax limits on toxic pesticide

First ever UK Hope Spot declared in Scotland

Public agencies accused of blocking Freedom of Information

Large expansion to UK marine conservation zones

Habitat loss endangers ecological relationships

Marine plastic poisons oxygen-producing bacteria

Minke whale dies in the Outer Hebrides, entangled in rope

Scottish government too close to salmon farmers

Pollution from salmon hatchery endangers mussels

Visitors to seabird colonies urged to check for stowaways

Public urged to respect marine wildlife

20,000 pieces of plastic found on the Firth of Forth

UN issues world alert over species extinction rates

Restoring degraded oyster beds and reefs

Algae outbreak kills thousands of farmed salmon

Fishing to feed salmon farms emptying seas

Entangled whale dies off East Lothian

Harbour porpoises dying in UK waters

Scotland’s wild salmon ‘at lowest ever level’

Plankton study charts rise of ocean plastic

Climate change: Scottish shellfish threatened

Patagonia launches salmon farm campaign

Benefits from Scotland’s ‘natural capital’ growing

Thank the ocean with every breath

Scottish salmon firm drops ‘sustainable’ branding

Giving teeth to marine protected areas

Hopes for Scottish herring recovery

Loch Carron given permanent protection

The Blue Planet UK effect

UK will miss almost all 2020 nature targets

Scotland land ownership ‘damaging communities’ in some areas

Otter resurgence is going swimmingly

Citizen Science Comes of Age

Minke whales recorded off east Scotland

Suspicious scallop dredging reported in Sound of Mull

Fishermen’s beacons tackle ghost gear issue

Salmon farms raided in EU competition probe

Oban woodland added to chain of ‘rainforest’ sites

Shellfish under threat from acidic oceans

Marine conservation studies set for Skye and Lochalsh

Open Seas: Dredging in the dark

UK trawlers ignoring fish discards ban

Plastic-free wine: help marine life

FFI: When is an MPA not an MPA?

New Nets Lead to Drop in Seal Culls

Sea Change: The debate on salmon farming

Arran is Scotland’s first Plastic Free Community

St Kilda Reefs and Sea Caves in “Good Condition”

Rising Ocean Temperatures Catastrophe

Chilean salmon farmers to clean seabed

Atlantic Wolffish Being Driven to Extinction

UK MPs urge protection treaty for seas

Calls to ban trawling within 3nm of coastline

Thai seafood linked to illegal fishing

Farmed Salmon Disease Prevention Research

A local view helps the fight for the ocean

Calls to urgently protect Scotland’s coastal waters

40+ Groups demand Marine Scotland Inquiry

Sea Change: The three mile limit

FFI: Scotland’s kelp forests

Insight: 2018, a year for climate change

Science above politics of fisheries

Final European fishing deal ‘challenging’

Half the fish at Wester Ross farm die

Calum Duncan: Oceans need protection

SCA: Coastal communities keep their kelp

Fish discards exemptions soar before ban

Film of seabed ‘pulverised’ by scallop dredging

Anger over reports of illegal dredging

Rules tightening on Scottish salmon aquaculture

CCN Statement: Salmon Farming in Scotland

MSPs demand tougher regulation for fish farming

November CCN Newsletter Published!

Review of seaweed harvesting announced

Learning Exchange Part 2: Visiting the VMR

Learning Exchange Part 1: CAOLAS visit Berwickshire

Fisheries warn of Brexit threat

MBL claim kelp harvesting ‘entirely sustainable’

Probe into alleged illegal dredging in Gairloch

LINK Launch Bid for Scotland Environment Act

Wildlife damaged by fish farm chemicals says SEPA

SEPA launch salmon farming sector shake-up plan

Blue Carbon forum launched

Tagged Albatrosses monitor illegal fishing

Jonny Hughes: Time to stop plundering the sea

Scientists warn of trawler damage to coastal waters

Sir David Attenborough demands MSPs protect kelp

Edible crabs won’t cope with climate change

Listening to the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise

UK failing to protect its porpoises rules EU

Designating MPAs may have unseen political effects

Revealed: the millionaires hoarding UK fishing rights

Government to environmentally assess UK seas

The 2018 Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference

£1.5m put into new vessel tracking systems

Sea, Soul and Society at Sea Scotland 2018

Divers hunt ghost fishing gear at Scapa Flow

Race for vast remote MPAs a diversion?

Government must act to help our inshore fleet

Gove calls for protection for 30% of world’s oceans

Fears raised over eco risks of fish farm expansion plan

New database tackles marine biodiversity crisis

Toxic pesticide alarm for Scotland’s woodlands

Tory MSP accused of fishy business

Project seeks to boost rare pearl mussels

Fish farm ADDs harm other marine life

Why are beaked whales stranding again?

Sick salmon at Scottish fish farm revealed on film

Big company plan to harvest kelp makes waves

‘Scallop wars’ are just a pre-Brexit skirmish

What did the dolphin say to the porpoise?

Sealives: COAST – Part 2

Fairlie Coastal: A manifest Breach of EIA legislation

Kelp dredging proposal criticised by Scottish conservationists

Sealives: COAST – A Marine Protection Success Story

Retaining decomissioned North Sea oil rigs could help corals thrive

Open Seas: Seabed Reform

Plastic, warm seas and propellers: the Cornwall turtle

Footage suggests basking sharks use Scottish seas for courtship

Governments Start Formal Talks on High Seas Treaty

Rare coral and new species found in Irish waters

Pollution and overfishing top seafood consumers’ concerns

Scottish salmon farming expansion must stop, say critics

Creel fishermen want faster action over trawler ban call

Thousands of offences by Scottish fishing industry escape fines

Brown Crabs Are Attracted to Undersea Power Cables

Study to delve into unusual sponge belt off Scotland

Almost all world’s oceans damaged by human impact

Is Canada Taking Shortcuts to Hit Marine Protection Targets?

Scotland lagging behind the rest of the UK on recycling

Study Shows Moving Fish Farms Enables Seagrass to Thrive

New sharks could be found around UK as seas warm

Rights not ‘fortress conservation’ key, says UN expert

Simon Barnes: How plastic is ruining our oceans

New whale watching base on the Firth of Forth

Icelandic whalers condemned over blue whale ‘slaughter’ claims

One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate

Open Seas: UK Government Fisheries White Paper

First Stage of Priority Marine Feature Review Opens

Mapping Scotland’s seas

Wester Ross MPA – An Underwater Eden

Whale Track named as finalist in National Lottery Awards!

Conservationists urge licensing for marine wildlife tours

Open Seas: Stories From Scotland’s Seabed (Part 4: Flame Shell beds)

Super-rare giant sponge discovered in Cambodian MPA

Who cares about eelgrass?

The Sealives Initiative – Salmon Coast Field Station

Disputed Shetland scallop fishery retains ecolabel

World leading microbeads ban comes into force

Spotting rogue fishing boats

Proposed Marine Conservation Zones for English Waters

Open Seas: Stories From Scotland’s Seabed (Part 3: Horse Mussel beds)

Open Seas: Stories From Scotland’s Seabed (Part 2: Native Oysters)

Open Seas: Stories from Scotland’s Seabed (Part 1)

Call for improved sustainability in post-Brexit fishing sector

Seaweed researchers test a growth industry

Richard Lilley: Help us put seagrass meadows on the map

Gartmore 2: The Coastal Communities Workshop 2018

A third of ‘protected’ nature areas are quietly being ruined

Report offers global outlook on efforts to beat plastic pollution

Silence falls on Shetland cliffs that once echoed to seabirds’ cries

Scotland missing targets to prevent wildlife extinction

Porpoises Flee from Noise Pollution

Scottish Land Fund boost for Shetland

Government Launches 10 Year Farmed Fish Health Framework

Have you heard about horse mussel beds?

What History Gives, the Sea Steals

Seagrass supports 20% of fisheries, research finds

Loss of marine habitats is threatening the global fishing industry

Fife beach ‘worst’ for nurdle pollution

Trail to Promote Scotland as Top Whale-Watching Destination

NTS call for a moratorium on fish farming in Scotland

Ulva community ownership secured

UK launches new research hub to tackle marine plastic

New fund to protect heritage assets in Highlands and Islands

Orkney’s shipwreck graveyard is bursting with life

Reflections on community-led action research

Sprat – the damage done

Fish Farms are catching wrasse to clean their salmon

UK sustainable seas inquiry launched

Skye salmon farm expansion could risk local businesses

Marine month at Scottish Natural Heritage

Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean action

Giant Kelp: Here to Help

Is Scotland’s National Marine Plan fit for purpose?

The tragic demise of Scotland’s salmon

Rare sightings of orca whales in the Clyde

Seagrass meadows key to combating rising sea levels

Drones used to monitor wild salmon

Why the fuss about nurdles?

Turning Birds into Spies Against Illegal Fishing

Skye salmon farms approved despite warnings

Pilots to identify Scotland’s marine litter hotspots

Grey fish: Scotland’s seafood traceability problem

Scientists look at methods to clean up salmon farms

Success of Orkney’s V Notch Lobster Project

Scottish Water to review Gairloch waste water plans

The power of citizen science to protect the mangrove crab

Report suggests sustainable fishing could create jobs

There is no ‘one-size fits all approach’ to ocean protection

Introduction to the SIFIDS Project

Row over ‘irresponsible’ trial of electrofishing for clams

A spotlight on locally-led tourism

Skye islanders object to two new salmon farms

North Sea Dolphins remain vulnerable

A guillemot’s tale

The tip of the trash heap

Marine Protected Areas Are Not An Either/Or

Scottish Government bid to exempt salmon farming from US ban

Huge herring spawning ground discovered in Wester Ross

Opinion: Bigger is not better for ocean conservation

Consultation on permanant protection for Loch Carron

Crown Estate devolution: an opportunity for the marine environment?

From East coast to West coast: community learning exchange

Climate Change: the Ocean Never Forgets

Eat herring and mackerel to support UK after Brexit…

Cambodia creates first marine national park

Fishing for krill is an eco-disaster

Opinion: There’s hope for our blue planet

Protest held against Gairloch waste water changes

UN move towards recognising right to healthy environment

Wise Oceans Interview: Jenny Stark from COAST

Freezing weather drives mass die-off of sea creatures

MSPs warning over salmon farming impact on environment

Views sought on new scheme for community asset management

Isles beauty spots poised for Rural Tourism Funds

Sewage plan sparks outrage in Gairloch

Small-scale fisheries discards analysed

Song of the Clyde: saving the river

Blowing in the wind: picking apart the plastic problem

Global fishing activity mapped and analysed

Islanders plan unusual community buyout bid

Debt-swap deal for marine protection in Seychelles

What does the future hold for seagrass?

Salmon farming controls in Scotland criticised

Scotland a great place to see whales and dolphins

New research finds carbon dioxide dissolves starfish

Sewage having serious impact on UK seagrass

Scottish sea lochs ‘important stores’ of carbon

Are we right to demonise plastic?

Scottish summit on marine litter announced

The empowered community voice in action

Scotland’s red squirrels are recovering

Jellyfish Threaten Norway’s Salmon Farming Industry

Anger as illegal dredgers tear up protected seabed

Divers uncover Firth of Lorn illegal scallop dredging

Kelp benefits: Scottish seaweed tops food trends

Who’s driving the future of conservation? Ordinary people

Marine protected areas: examining the evidence

Scot Gov announce additional funds to accelerate 4 MPAs

Green light for new salmon farm off Isle of Rum

The Seagrass that could save oysters from climate change

Plastic pollution on coral reefs increases disease

#NaeStrawAtAw campaign keeps growing!

Scottish Crown Estate reform bill introduced

Antarctica’s Weddell Sea deserves protected status

Climate change through the eyes of a politician

Electric pulse trawling vs beam trawling

Save Scottish Seas: Ocean fronts uncovered

Scapa Flow microplastics at industrial levels

Sturgeon steps into Manx scallop fishing row

Scientists use hydroacoustics to survey abundance in MPAs

Breaking news! EU-wide ban on electric pulse fishing

EU parliament to decide future of pulse fishing

Groups claim EU allowed electro pulse fishing on false grounds

Scottish Government to move on plastic cotton buds ban

EU to hold UK to fishing quotas during Brexit transition

Richard Lilley: Seagrass meadows as Natural Capital

Forecasting erosion around Scotland’s coast

UK ban on plastic microbeads now in place

Calum Duncan: What Scots flush is adding to planetary crisis

The growing issue of ocean ‘dead zones’

Coral reef bleaching events accelerate rapidly

US plans to reduce size of three marine parks

Conservationists urge action to safeguard Scottish sea life

Canna’s development trust gets control of its destiny

Loch Carron reef ‘biggest of its kind’

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef

140 nations support a high seas protection treaty

Marine Scotland: Where are the seals around the UK?

Overfishing and climate change push seabirds to extinction

Eco-labelling concerns for dredged scallops

Guest Blog: Disentangling a whale of a problem

BBC Earth: Protecting Scotland’s coral reefs

UK and EU talks reach a deal for fishing quotas

“Back the BlueBelt” Campaign picks up pace

Seabed landscape crucial for fish conservation

Will we reach “healthy seas by 2020”?

The tragedy of seagrass meadows and their fisheries

North Sea flat oyster conservation alliance formed

Patrol ships hope to scupper illegal scallop dredging

New research of acidification threat to mussels

Case Study: Getting SMART in an MPA in Cambodia

‘Arctic Strategy for Scotland’ to be developed

Why saving our oceans may lie in the hands of citizen scientists

Seal pup cut free from net in Western Isles

First steps taken to tackle puffin decline

Wrasse exploitation for aquaculture raises questions

Nature of Scotland’s marine conservation award goes to…

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve

Seagrass meadows, Scotland’s natural capital

Glorious mud’s precious carbon value

Gove vows action on ocean plastic after Blue Planet scene

Fishing ‘best argument for seagrass conservation’

Brexit poses ‘severe threat to Britain’s fishing communities’

New seafloor feature analysis tool for MPAs

Crown Estate Scotland to pilot local management

The Government Programme for Scotland 2017-18

France overtakes US for Scottish salmon exports

‘Sole of Discretion’ – sustainable fisheries collective

Crime-scene technique used to track turtles

Red Squirrels breeding in the NW Highlands

Cod and Haddock predicted to vanish from West Coast

Argyll and Bute Council consult on marine national park

Open Seas: Cleaning up the cleaner fish

Vote for Arran’s community marine learning centre!

New citizen science project looking for help with seabirds

Seaweed is good for you – and the environment

How are Scotland’s bottlenose dolphins doing?

Citizen scientist divers shed light on impacts of warming

Plastic pellets threaten to bury Scotland’s beaches

Mull islanders launch appeal to buy up neighbouring Ulva

Largest marine reserve in North America to be created off Mexico

Sprat go green in updated Good Fish Guide!

Whale killed by entanglement off Scottish coast

Blue Planet 2 trailer released ahead of new BBC series!

Drone to give new outlook on whales and dolphins

Biologists have discovered an octopus city

MEPs vote to reduce overfishing in North Sea

Orkney local’s petitioning to protect Scapa Flow

Celebrating Fair Isle’s marine protected area

Marine restoration vs marine protection?

Prawn potential: the benefits of more sustainable seafood

Scotland’s nature conservation MPAs: three years on

Can we really eat cod now with a clear conscience?