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Marine Environment Debate

Motion S3M-1602, in the name of Richard Lochhead saw the marine environment was debated in Holyrood on the 20th March 2008.

Mr Lochhead lead the debate speaking for 12 minutes without once mentioning sea angling.

He managed to include grey and common seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises, important seabird populations, ports and aquaculture.

He was also keen to point out ” Scotland has 49 special protection areas that have one or more species of seabird that qualify for protection. We also have 31 special areas of conservation for seals and bottle-nose dolphins, as well as important habitats such as reefs and lagoons.”

But naturally couldn’t talk about any special protection areas or areas of conservation for fish.

He waxed lyrically about the contributions of the catching sector, the issues and challenges they face and that they will remain at the forefront of his mind as he develops the policies on marine planning and marine conservation.

It would appear we have another minister with absolutely no interest in the issues faced by sea anglers, nor any inclination to regenerate the stocks of species of interest to us.

The text of the debate may be found here.

At least the following managed to recognise sea angling :

John Scott (Ayr) (Con), Dave Thompson (Highlands and Islands) (SNP), Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Lab), Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP), Elaine Murray (Dumfries) (Lab), Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

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