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Ian Gatt, chief executive Scottish Pelagic Fishermen's Association

Ian Gatt: Modern fishing fleet of larger vessels is more sustainable in the long run

When it comes to fishing, there is the oft-repeated mantra from many environmentalists that big is bad and small is good. Much more sustainable and better for society, they argue, to have small-scale artisanal fishing boats working our fishing grounds and fewer large trawlers. A notion, perhaps, with some initial appeal, but on close examination, not one that stands up to scrutiny.

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Once extinct in the wild, Przewalksi's horse and foal at Highland Wildlife Park

Edinburgh Zoo is a force for conservation – Barbara Smith

Thomas Gillespie was the founder of the ­Royal ­Zoological Society of ­Scotland and a true visionary. As we celebrate our 110th anniversary this week, it is tempting to wonder ­whether even he could have ­imagined the impact RZSS would one day have in protecting vulnerable and endangered wildlife around the world.

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