SIFT RESPONSE TO MINISTERIAL DECISION

Date: 28/07/2016

SIFT is disappointed by the Scottish Government decision not to approve its Clyde Regulating Order application.

 SIFT RESPONSE TO MINISTERIAL DECISION ON CLYDE REGULATING ORDER APPLICATION

SIFT is disappointed by the Scottish Government decision not to approve its Clyde Regulating Order application. We regard this decision as a missed opportunity for Scotland's vulnerable coastal communities, who have suffered from decades of economic decline under short-term fisheries policies. All sectors that rely on our inshore waters - including the static and mobile fishers, sea anglers and the tourism industry - need robust new management measures to be put in place. The evidence from around the world is that stock recovery - and the economic benefits associated with it - cannot be delivered without the use of modern fisheries management techniques.

SIFT remains confident that the practical difficulties in managing quota were surmountable and that the economic benefits from an improved fishery would far exceed the costs of management. Whilst SIFT welcome some of the management measures introduced under the Marine Protected Areas process, these measures were not implemented to directly benefit or improve the Clyde fisheries and so there remains a continuing need for a holistic fisheries management plan as was proposed in the Regulating Order application. There is now an urgent need for the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership and the South West Inshore Fisheries Group to produce tangible fisheries management proposals for the Clyde.

Despite this disappointment, SIFT looks forward to continuing to work with all those who share its aim to promote the sustainable management of Scotland’s inshore waters so that they provide the maximum long term benefits to all coastal communities.

 

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