Fish­ing views wanted ahead of pilot schemes

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

VIEWS are be­ing sought from peo­ple in Ar­gyll and Bute on pro­pos­als to test new man­age­ment mea­sures in Scot­tish in­shore waters. The con­sul­ta­tion will con­sider which areas should host two, two-year pi­lots, part of an ini­tia­tive to ex­am­ine whether chang­ing man­age­ment arrangements in the in­shore zone can have an im­pact.

One trial will test a more lo­calised ap­proach to fish­eries man­age­ment, where fish­ing in­ter­ests have de­vel­oped lo­cal arrangements. The sec­ond will trial the im­pact of sep­a­rat­ing dif­fer­ent meth­ods of fish­ing, such as creel­ing and trawl­ing, in an area.

The five sep­a­rate ini­tia­tives that are be­ing con­sulted on are: *Year-round creel fish­ing trial

in the In­ner Sound of Skye *An area set aside for crab

fish­ing off the Isle of Mull *Dis­tinct scal­lop fish­ing re­stric­tions in Orkney in­shore waters *Creel fish­ing man­age­ment in an area around the Outer He­brides; and *Ro­ta­tional areas where static or mo­bile gear fish­ing ac tiv­ity would be per­mit­ted for spec­i­fied pe­ri­ods of time. Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing said: ‘Our in­shore waters are im­por­tant to our ru­ral econ­omy and are the source of some of our best seafood, which is why it is cru­cial that we con­sider new and in­no­va­tive ways of man­ag­ing them through this con­sul­ta­tion. We re­ceived pro­pos­als from around the Scot­tish coast so it’s im­por­tant that we now give com­mu­ni­ties in Ar­gyll and Bute the op­por­tu­nity to have a say on how they can make the most of their waters.

This con­sul­ta­tion will make sure we are tak­ing for­ward the most cred­i­ble tri­als so that we can have the right ev­i­dence, ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand­ing for fu­ture in­shore fish­eries strate­gies.’

For de­tails visit, www.gov. scot/Pub­li­ca­tions/2017/11/6248

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