The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

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17
Mar

Reduce monitoring to cut costs

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is calling for the urgent introduction of measures to help alleviate Scottish fishermen who are struggling to remain viable now that fuel costs account for around 50% of expenses for a single fishing trip.

According to Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead has given the undertaking to emphasise to the EU the general problem caused by the cost of fuel and the French and Spanish government actions to help their fishing fleets.

Bertie Armstrong recognised that the pain is spread universally across all consumers and commerce and that a direct subsidy for the fishing industry is unrealistic and likely to breach competition rules.

He then offered the following unique way of reducing costs - cancelling or reducing the maintenance and operating costs for the mandatory vessel monitoring system (VMS) and the forthcoming electronic logbooks.

To me that seems more like methods of reducing management.

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