The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

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20
May

More on the moratorium

Reaction to the Scottish Government move to ban the transfer of licences and fixed quota allocations from Scottish fishing vessels during a consultation period for a new Scottish quota and licensing regime has come thick and fast today.

In the morning, UK Fisheries Minister Jonathan Shaw and UKAFPO chairman Jim Portus joined NFFO in condemning the move, and tonight they were joined by the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association who weighed in with more criticism, challenged the legality of the move and condemned the lack of consultation. Iain MacSween, the chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation however came out in support of the Marine Directorate.

Lack of consultation is something sea anglers are well aware of.

The SWFPA feel that the Marine Directorate have really got it wrong introducing a moratorium when tomorrow they are likely to support the continuation of trading quota within the UK.

It is also felt by many that the issue of quota management and licensing has been hijacked by political positioning by Holyrood.

A Scottish Government spokesperson hit back with “The proposals we are publishing will safeguard Scotland’s traditional fishing rights for future generations. They will also provide additional benefits for fishermen and fishing businesses. That is why our consultation is being welcomed warmly by many fishermen and others involved in this vital sector."

and “Our proposals will be consulted upon and we look forward to having a meaningful dialogue with those who care about the future of the fishing industry.”

Pity they won’t have meaningful discussions with those who care about the future of recreational sea angling.

Look out for tomorrows episode in this new Scottish soap.

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