POL­I­TICS IN FISH­ING

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

CAN I con­grat­u­late you on the finest edi­to­rial piece in any an­gling mag­a­zine I have read for some time [“Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter”, April]. Your will­ing­ness to en­ter the po­lit­i­cal realm and crit­i­cise the SNP di­rec­tion of the Scot­tish Ex­ec­u­tive down the cul-de-sac of the vac­u­ous Wild Fish­eries Re­view is wor­thy of wide­spread sup­port. I don’t share your ap­par­ent broad en­dorse­ment of the ex­ist­ing District Salmon Fish­ery Board model, but you ap­pro­pri­ately cite the un­will­ing­ness [of Gov­ern­ment] to pro­vide re­sources for fish­ery man­age­ment as the Achilles’ heel of this fu­tile ex­er­cise. You ap­pro­pri­ately fo­cus on the wasted time and re­sources of ad­min­is­tra­tors, but what of the bailiffs in my lo­cal catch­ments (Lomond and Clyde), en­forc­ing catc­hand-re­lease in 2016 be­fore be­ing ad­vised to stand about and sub­se­quently al­low lim­ited catch-and­kill in 2017? What rig­or­ous re­cal­i­bra­tion was this based on? Ma­rine Scot­land will need a gen­er­a­tion to re­deem any pro­fes­sional sta­tus. I sug­gest a name change and makeover by a PR or­gan­i­sa­tion; costs to be de­ter­mined. Dur­ing the planned pe­riod of change, I at­tended nu­mer­ous pre­sen­ta­tions by Ma­rine Scot­land per­son­nel to win over the re­cal­ci­trant an­gling com­mu­nity. Crit­i­cism was met by plat­i­tudes. Once again, the prob­lems with smolt mi­gra­tion and aqua­cul­ture were ig­nored. I have urged all my As­so­ci­a­tion’s 400 mem­bers to read the let­ter and con­sider it care­fully be­fore vot­ing in any ref­er­en­dum or elec­tion. If th­ese peo­ple can’t bring for­ward and re­source a mod­ern regime of fish­ery man­age­ment, should they be run­ning a coun­try of more than five mil­lion in­hab­i­tants? Steve Banks, Lochwin­noch

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