How to help had­dock and the High­lands

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, While politi­cians bicker and bat­tle in Brus­sels and Holy­rood, our had­dock stocks and fish­ing in­dus­try de­clines (‘Had­dock takes a bat­ter­ing’, The an

Ti es, March 30). Bri­tain is im­port­ing thou­sands of tonnes of white fish from Ice­land and Nor­way due to over­fish­ing so how can we help our had­dock, help Oban and help Scot­land?

Cur­rently, only half of UK fish are caught by Bri­tish boats. So from April 2019 we must ban all for­eign fish­er­men within a 200-mile limit as Ice­land does. Soft loans must be made avail­able to help in­crease the size of the Scot­tish fish­ing fleet by half, plus ex­pand on­shore fish pro­cess­ing. That will leave large ar­eas for fish stocks to re­cover and around 2,040 lo­cal chil­dren will once again be able to catch large mack­erel at the mouth of Oban Bay.

Sadly, bump­tious bu­reau­crats and politi­cians of all colours seem in­tent on sell­ing their grannies to any lobby group. But un­til pos­i­tive ac­tion is taken to help the plant and help our com­mu­ni­ties, had­dock and the High­lands will con­tinue to be shafted. ike os­ter anno ran­nai a hin­is­ter ban.

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