U-turnon ‘onefor the pot’
The decision on a controversial U-turn preventing salmon anglers from taking “one for the pot” is set to be made this month.
Following a public consultation which took place in October, the Scottish Government will make a decision on the policy – which if enforced would place a mandatory catch and release order on Loch Lomond, the River Leven and other local fishing spots.
Members of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association (LLAIA) have strongly opposed the plans to return the waters to a category 3 from a category 2, which allows some salmon to be taken home.
The association – which is made up of 400 anglers – previously appealed the decision and recently met with Marine Scotland to share their concerns.
Secretary of the LLAIA, Gareth Bourhill said: “We fully appreciate that they have to take conservation into consideration and that is something the LLAIA fully supports but we feel like there are flaws in the data which will ultimately make this decision.”
Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie has also offered her support, having previously worked with the LLAIA last year to have the ban lifted.
It was announced in December last year the category would be downgraded from April 2017 following the hard-fought campaign by the LLAIA.
Following the public consultation – which ended on October 13 – Ms Baillie has organised a meeting with cabinet secretary, Roseanna Cunningham and members of the LLAIA.
A spokesman from the Scottish Government said: “A public consultation surrounding the proposal to introduce mandatory catch and release at Loch Lomond closed on 13 October, 2017. A full report of the responses will be sent to ministers, who will make their decision in due course.”