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There’s A Whale In The Room during Election 2021

There’s a whale in the room during this election – it’s the “Missing Marine Debate”. The debate which the party leaders who are standing for election in Scotland would have been having, if the media and politicians were making the marine environment a priority.  As Attenborough’s films and Netflix’s Seaspiracy show, the management of the sea,

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‘The most reliably devoted eco-warrior’ – in memory of Anna Novak

Tragically for us all, Anna died of a brain hemorrhage on the 20th of August 2020.  She was buried in a beautiful spot overlooking Loch Broom on the 6th of September – not far from another ecologically minded Scoraig resident, Tom Forsyth. Our hearts go out to Chris, her partner of 27 years, who shared her passion for the

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Channel 4 News on Illegal Dredging in Wester Ross MPA

Alex Thomson’s film on Channel 4 News shows what is at stake in Wester Ross from illegal dredging,  as well as how community volunteers have acted to protect the ecosystem within the Marine Protected Area. Sea Change, with the support of our partners in the citizen science alliance we have built together, have worked very hard to survey mearl. Volunteers

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Calling on Our MSP’s to examine the return of something like the 3 Mile Limit

This letter was sent on the 7th November to the REC Committee and other MSPs requesting they examine the merits of the return of the 3 mile limit or an equivalent –  following the Channel 4 News piece on the Wester Ross incident. (some text has been amended to protect individuals) Dear Edward and Gail, Sea Change

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Andy Jackson – Just Add Light To Water

When George Brown, Andy’s trusted dive buddy called to say Andy had died unexpectedly, it was not just a shock, it was incomprehensible. It is hard to come to terms with the loss of such a dedicated, talented, generous and big hearted storyteller of the underwater world – and grasp the fact that he is no longer with us. He was in

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Planning locally for a sustainable fishery and globally for a sustainable Earth

I wrote the following in response to a question about killing seals in order to allow fish stocks to recover. The whole marine ecosystem evolved without humans in it.  Then we came along and began to alter it a few thousand years ago – then fifty years ago we began to obliterate and rearrange everything. It was

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Raven: Our Guide to Creative Transformation and Humility in the Age of Planetary Disruption?

We all know of some of the tribes studied by anthropologists: Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, Ojibwe, Tlingit, Anishinaabe, Navajo, Sioux, Kiowa, Amarak, Sami, Ainu, or Sanhaja – but they study other tribes too – cyclists, bikers, punk rock fans, medics, ecologists, groups bound together by kinship or interest – their stories and knowledge too often hidden from people outside

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Look This Salmon In the Eye Then Ask Your MSP to Ask Questions During the Parliamentary Debate on Salmon Farming (6th Feb 2019)

Look into the eye of a salmon, get eye to eye, then ask yourself, do you want this king of fish, this iconic species, this muscular adventurer of the high seas, so symbolic of the former magnificence of our oceans to become the stuff of myth?  Do we want our rivers leaping with these masterful silvery creatures to become a distant memory

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The Three Mile Limit

The Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation have a report sent to the Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing in May 2017 which outlines the case for better spatial management and even a modernised return of the 3 Mile Limit. Their report can be downloaded here: http://www.scottishcreelfishermensfederation.co.uk/report.htm The aim of all fisheries management is to maintain a rich fishery

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An Underwater Ecosystem & Flowers of the Sea Forest

To view the stunningly beautiful world beneath the waves as shown in the film below enter the password sea cucumber (music not yet cleared) The film shares the findings from Sea Change’s June 2018 Sea bed survey working with SCFF, SubSea.tv and many many others, as the story shows) John McIntyre found a wonderful quote from 1376 complaining about chains

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