Scotland’s inshore waters are important. They extend 12 nautical miles from Scotland’s enormous 11,800km coastline, cover over half of the country’s territorial area and were historically a rich source of wealth for coastal communities.
Despite the importance of inshore waters, their management has been neglected. Over-fishing and the use of fishing gears which damage habitats have not only been permitted but promoted. As a consequence the inshore ecosystem has been degraded and the valuable fin-fish stocks have collapsed to the point that coastal communities no longer enjoy a mixed and vibrant economy.
SIFT promotes fisheries policies which conserve and restore the diversity of the marine ecosystem. In particular SIFT promotes ecosystem based management and reductions in effort of damaging bottom trawls and dredges within specific inshore areas. These policies will assist the return of a more lucrative, sustainable and mixed economy featuring revived fin-fisheries, which will benefit all commercial and recreational fisheries, alongside activities which rely on a healthy sea - such as wildlife tourism and diving.
SIFT have released an Information Pack summarising its proposal for a Regulating Order (RO) for the Firth of Clyde to manage prawns, king and queen scallops only. The document is for members of the Firth of Clyde fishery and other stakeholders. It details the background, proposed governance structure and management measures.
Please follow the link to view the Information Pack on the proposed Clyde RO, Version 2: Information Pack on proposed Firth of Clyde Regulating Order, Version 2
SIFT has submitted a Regulating Order application for the Firth of Clyde. Please follow the link to view the application: Firth of Clyde Regulating Order Application, October 2015
Please follow the link to view the associated economic report: Economic Impact of a Proposed Fisheries Regulating Order for the Clyde Sea.
SIFT has launched a campaign to gather public support to change the way fisheries are currently managed in the Firth of Clyde.The Revive the Clyde campaign gives you the opportunity to pledge your support for the Clyde Charter, to encourage the Scottish Government to bring about much-needed change. This change will incorporate the following key principles;
To sign up and support the Clyde Charter and the revival of the Clyde, visit http://www.revivetheclyde.org/support-us/
SIFT is disappointed by the Scottish Government decision not to approve its Clyde Regulating Order application.
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Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity Number SC042334