Rod levy ruled out for Scot­land

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

THE RE­QUIRE­MENT for rod li­cences for wild fish­ing or a wild fish­ing levy have been ruled out by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

These pro­pos­als were pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered as part of the con­sul­ta­tion on draft pro­vi­sions for a Wild Fish­eries (Scot­land) Bill and draft Wild Fish­eries Strat­egy.

Alas­dair Al­lan MSP had raised con­cerns in par­lia­ment about the ef­fects these pro­pos­als could have on wild fish­ing, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tions from con­cerned con­stituents.

Mr Al­lan said: ‘I am very glad the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has lis­tened to the con­cerns I had raised on be­half of many peo­ple in the is­lands, in­clud­ing the tourist in­dus­try.

‘When these pro­pos­als were first con­sid­ered, I found there was con­sid­er­able anx­i­ety about the fi­nan­cial bur­den rod li­cences for wild fish­ing, in par­tic­u­lar for trout, could place on in­di­vid­ual an­glers.

‘They also had the po­ten­tial to de­ter young peo­ple from the sport.

‘It is im­por­tant we find a way to man­age our fresh­wa­ter fish stocks with­out plac­ing un­due bur­den on lo­cal an­glers, and I hope these re­vised pro­pos­als are a way to achieve that.’

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