The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

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25
Jan

Answer indicates sea angling research imminent ?

The following question raised in Holyrood confirms the Government has commissioned research into the economic contribution to Scotland of sea angling.

Mr Lochhead says that they " ..look forward to the outcome of that study", very much the same words Mr Finnie was using this time last year.

We can only wait.

John Scott (Ayr) (Con): I very much welcome the plans for the marine conservation and fisheries management zone on Arran, which was announced last week.

Does the cabinet secretary agree that sea anglers, who contribute much to local economies such as Arran’s, lead the way in sustainable stewardship of our marine areas? Will he ensure that sea angling interests are taken into account fully in the development of any future protected areas, of which I hope there will be many? Does he have any other areas in mind?

Richard Lochhead: I assure the member that the Scottish Government takes seriously the contribution of sea angling, which will, of course, continue in the proposed fisheries management zone in Lamlash bay. I remind the member that the Government has commissioned research into the economic contribution to Scotland of sea angling and we look forward to the outcome of that study.

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