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Activus Tracking is working with Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland to protect flapper skate fish




A Stamford business owner who usually helps people to keep their vehicles safe has netted a new deal to save an endangered species of fish.

Tony Byles, owner of Activus Tracking, is working with a research team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland to provide trackers to help safeguard the future of the flapper skate, a flat fish which can grow to two metres wide.

This is part of a ‘Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland’ project and follows on from a previous test project involving Tony’s trackers which monitored the movements of fishing vessels.

Tony Byles owner of Activus Tracking
Tony Byles owner of Activus Tracking

The test scheme was a success and Tony is hoping it will proceed to a full-scale project and with trackers that will cover a whole fishing fleet.

Tony said: “This is a huge project for me and it’s great to be involved in something that is having an impact.”

He added: “The flapper skate used to be called the common skate but, because they are so easy to catch, their numbers have declined dramatically and the trackers on the fishing vessels in the area where they live and breed are enabling the researchers to learn more about them and what can be done to protect them.”

A flapper skate fishPhoto: James Thorburn
A flapper skate fishPhoto: James Thorburn

When Tony isn’t helping to protect the wildlife he sells devices which can be fitted to vehicles to alert the owners when they are being stolen.

He also provides trackers which can be worn by pets and people, such as dementia sufferers, who may be prone to wandering off.

Tony Byles owner of Activus Tracking
Tony Byles owner of Activus Tracking

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