TUNE in tonight to BBC-2 where David Attenborough takes a long, hard look at the state of the planet’s oceans following one of the most ambitious scientific studies of our time and asks the question: Is it too late to save the diversity of our seas?

David Attenborough

Attenborough: Is it too late?

Meanwhile, Scotland’s environment minister, Richard Lochhead, has signalled a progressive approach to marine management by undertaking to lead a review of the Clyde following a meeting last month.

A group of concerned Clyde stakeholders, including commercial fishermen and the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), met  Lochhead at Holyrood on September 23.

The meeting was arranged and attended by  Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson. Read more here.

Also on a local level, the Scottish Sea Anglers Conservation Network (SSACN), has won a conservation award for its work in campaigning for threatened marine species and lobbying for public policy changes.

The Dreamstore angling education foundation said:

“As an independent charity, the SSACN has undertaken outstanding work in creating focus on conservation issues and the marine environment, especially those affecting sea anglers. Its education, environmental awareness, research and events programme is an exemplary example of the power of harnessing voluntary endeavour in conservation.”

SSACN has worked hard in building collaborative partnerships, and sought practical solutions to problems created by inefficient and ineffective fisheries management and practices which have left many species void in several areas and have destroyed many habitats. This includes their Give Fish A Chance (GFAC) awareness campaign, and the very impressive Scottish Shark Tagging Programme which they have popularised through Tagathons.”

The next SSACN Tagathon is in lochs Sunart and Etive on November 13-14.

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