Save our Seas

Save our Seas

Tide of plastic swamps Scotland's filthy beaches

THEY are manufactured in their millions, carelessly flushed down the toilet and then washed ashore, making Scotland's beaches among the worst in Britain's litter league of shame.

Nature group urges marine reserves test

MORE than 30 per cent of the North Sea should be turned into a network of protected marine reserves to help rebuild fragile fish stocks, according to an environmental pressure group.

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Ramsay attacked for giving diners skate expectations

IT IS critically endangered and given a maximum "level five" conservation rating by the Marine Conservation Society. But now, thanks to a bungle by the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, sales of skate are soaring.

Minister pledges to listen to the voice of the nation

THE sea is an extremely important resource for Scotland. Our waters contain some of the best fishing grounds in the world, North Sea oil has been worth billions of pounds and marine energy brings the promise of a new economic dawn.

Seaside hopes ride on new wave

FOR decades, the merry-go-rounds in the funfairs of Scotland's coastal towns had virtually stopped turning, the paint on their plastic horses peeling and faded by the sun of bustling summers past.

Eco-tourism firms join battle for marine life

WHEN John Smith left school in 1959, aged 15, there was only one real option open to him - a life at sea in the fishing industry which dominated north-east Scotland's economy.

How people power can help to turn the tide

WHEN a group of people on Arran decided in the mid-1990s to start campaigning for a marine reserve in Lamlash Bay, they found "people looked at us as if we were mad".

Scottish fishermen 'the greenest in Europe'

SCOTLAND'S fishermen are the most environmentally friendly in Europe, according to both conservationists and Scotland's Environment Secretary.

Minister to officials: Tell me about true state of our seas

A MASSIVE audit of Scotland's seas, to discover the health of fish, animal and plant stocks, has been ordered by the Scottish Government. The first State of Scotland's Seas report will play a central role in the development of a marine bill to protect sea life.

Plugging in the giant generator that is our seas

WHIPPED up white and spitting salty spray, the waves that crash against our coastline are charged with hidden energy. Driven by winds and currents across thousands of miles of the Atlantic, they pound beaches and cliffs with enough raw power per foot for 100 homes.

36 billion barrels gone but enough left for another 30 years

THE helicopter drops through white clouds to reveal the dark blue of the North Sea and the white flick of cresting waves. In the distance is Alwyn North, two steel platforms linked by a walkway, resembling chained fists punching up from the deep.

Fishermen change tack on conservation

THEY are the last of Scotland's true hunter-gatherers, the men who make a precarious living in the most dangerous job in Britain: harvesting the often rich bounty of the North Sea and the waters off the west coast.

Scotland should be reaping the harvest of the seas

WHAT price the bounty of Scotland's seas? If you were to watch dolphins leap in the waters of the Moray Firth, the answer, as the advert goes, would be: priceless. Yet if it were part of a two-hour round trip from Cromarty with EcoVentures, the more realistic answer would be £20 per adult.

How the rest of the world safeguards its marine life

THE Scotsman believes a network of marine reserves should be created around the coast to help safeguard our sealife.

Green fury as oil transfers are ruled out of Marine Bill

THE controversial practice of transferring tonnes of crude oil between tankers will not be covered by a UK Marine Bill, it emerged yesterday, sparking fury among environmentalists.

Native plants at risk from invasion of the rhododendron of the seas

NO-ONE knows exactly how or when it arrived on Scotland's shores, but this alien invader appears to be here to stay.

'Grand plan' needed to ease sea pressure

FROM trawlers to fish farms, gravel extraction to renewable-energy schemes, recreational diving to whale-watching trips, yachting to impromptu jetski races, humans are using the sea as never before.

Everyday objects condemn sea life to death

IT IS something most of us hardly think of as we go about our daily lives. Out of sight and out of mind, our waste is largely someone else's problem.

Climate change is not just threat to land - our seas are at risk too

MOST people today understand how climate change will affect the way we live in future, and realise the importance of taking steps to combat the threat from greenhouse gases.

An end to man's destruction of the 'web of life'

SCOTLAND'S seas contain some of the most special marine environments in the world, but they are almost completely unprotected from human exploitation.

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