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News round-up / Mackerel quota, deposit return scheme event, lecture on Skerries shipwrecks

FISHING quota for Northeast Atlantic mackerel has been increased by more than 40 per cent to just over 922,000 tonnes for 2020.

The Adenia – one of the new pelagic trawlers. Photos: Ivan Reid

The massive uplift in fishing rights is in line with scientific recommendations and coincides with the conclusion of a multi-million pound investment drive in new pelagic trawlers for the local fleet.

The delegations from the EU, Norway and Faroe have all expressed concern about the increase of unilateral quotes for mackerel set by Greenland, Iceland and the Russia. These are in addition to the agreed quota.

Meanwhile, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and the EU will share catch entitlements of 1,161,615 tonnes of blue whiting in 2020, while the TAC for Atlanto-scandian herring for Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, the Russian Federation was set at 525,594 tonnes.

PEOPLE in Shetland will be given the chance to gain more information about Scotland’s new deposit return scheme at an event in Lerwick next month.

Zero Waste Scotland is holding a drop-in event at the Shetland Museum and Archives on 8 November from 10am to 1pm.

The deposit return scheme will see people pay a 20p deposit when buying drinks in single-use plastic or glass bottles, as well as aluminium to steel cans.

People will get their money back when they return their empty container for recycling.

It is hoped that the scheme will boost recycling rates and encourage people not to litter.

AS WINTER approaches, Shetland Amenity Trust is putting on a series of evening lectures at the museum which delve into the islands’ cultural heritage.

Next week Colin Martin will speak about Kennemerland and De Liefde – two Dutch East India Company ships wrecked off Skerries in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Their lost cargos have long been the target for salvors, enticed by legends of sunken treasures including boxes of silver and gold with which to buy the return cargo of spices.

The lecture will take place at the Shetland Museum and Archives on Thursday 7 November at 7pm. The cost is £5 and it can be booked online.

The full programme of lectures can be viewed on the Museum and Archives website at www.shetlandmuseumandarchives.org.uk/events