The waters of the Solent and Southampton Water hold a rich planktonic flora and fauna. Plankton comprise a wide range of organisms which live at least part of their lives drifting in the water column. Their size ranges from that of a single bacterium to a huge jelly fish the size of a dustbin lid … Continue reading Planktonic Monsters of the Solent
Solent Protection Society are associated with the Blue Marine Foundation, see the SPS Autumn 2017 Newsletter, and maintain a close interest in their activities. The Foundation have recently published their 2017 Annual Review which can be found here.
Managing commercial fishing Natural England, JNCC, MMO and IFCA have jointly produced a risk matrix which sets a timetable to introduce management measures to protect SAC's and SPA's By the end of 2013 the MMO and IFCAs had nine byelaws in place protecting sites . They expect to confirm seven more by 31 March 2014 … Continue reading Fishing Focus Winter 2013/14
The summary of the report published by the MMO states "The surveys estimated there are 884,000 sea anglers in England, with 2% of all adults going sea angling. These anglers make a significant contribution to the economy – in 2012, sea anglers resident in England spent £1.23 billion on the sport, equivalent to £831 million … Continue reading MMO publishes Sea Angling Survey
Fisheries Focus – Autumn 2013 The DEFRA and MMO Marine Fisheries newsletter – Autumn 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fishing-focus-issue-31-autumn-2013 The following summary comments were prepared by Bob Stevenson, a member of the SPS Council Sea Angling 2012 Project. This is the largest assessment yet of catch levels and the economic and social values of recreational sea angling. Information … Continue reading DEFRA and MMO Marine Fisheries newsletter – Autumn 2013.
Off the Coast of Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight there are 7 European Marine Sites designated to protect and improve some of Europe’s most important habitats and species. These sites form part of the vibrant ecologically important coastal waters of the Southern IFCA District and support the commercial and recreational fisheries which are … Continue reading Fishing in European Marine Sites a revised approach
This is a guest blog by Tim Sykes,EA Fisheries & Biodiversity Team Leader. The views expressed are his and have not been edited. Beneath the Solent’s waves primal urges are taking place in our migratory salmonids : Sea Trout and Salmon are on the move. To some people that is an awesome wildlife spectacle whilst … Continue reading Solent Salmon Watch – guest blog