Holy­rood praises the lo­cal fish­ing groups

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Vol­un­teer fish­ing groups across Dum­fries and Gal­loway have been praised in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Nith Dis­trict Salmon Fish­ery Board, the River Cree Dis­trict Salmon Fish­ery Board and the Gal­loway Fish­eries Trust were recog­nised for their ef­forts to im­prove lo­cal rivers and the an­gling.

Dur ing a de­bate in par­lia­ment on the de­cline in salmon stocks, Gal­loway and West Dum­fries MSP Fin­lay Car­son high­lighted the fine work done by mem­bers of lo­cal river boards.

He said: “We have fan­tas­tic vol­un­teer groups on my lo­cal rivers, such as the Nith Dis­trict Salmon Fish­ery Board, the River Cree Dis­trict Salmon Fish­ery Board and the Gal­loway Fish­eries Trust, which work to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity, re­move bar­ri­ers to mi­gra­tion and pro­mote re­spon­si­ble an­gling.

“I take this op­por­tu­nity to in­vite the min­is­ter to visit the Cree to see that for her­self.”

Ru­ral Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mairi Gougeon agreed to visit the River Cree to see the work be­ing done by vol­un­teers.

Speak­ing af­ter­wards, MSP Car­son said: “I am ex­tremely pleased the Min­is­ter has agreed to visit the Cree to see for her­self the great work be­ing done by lo­cal vol­un­teer groups on our rivers.

“We must sup­por t re­spon­si­ble an­gling and re­move the bar­ri­ers to mi­gra­tion to dras­ti­cally im­prove our salmon stocks.

“Salmon is one of Scot­land’s most iconic prod­ucts.

“And it is vi­tal for the ru­ral econ­omy in my Gal­loway and West Dum­fries con­stituency.

“I look for­ward to wel­com­ing the Min­is­ter to the Cree in due course.”

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