Billy Sinclair joins SIFT

| January 10, 2013

siftDr Billy Sinclair, previously the Chairman of the Clyde Inshore Fisheries Group (IFG), has joined the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) as a Trustee and Director.

“SIFT’s aim of recreating a balanced fishery in the Firth of Clyde, through the establishment of a programme of spatial segregation of fishing effort is something I am wholly supportive of,” said Dr Sinclair.

“I worked towards achieving a balanced fishery whilst at the Clyde IFG and now hope to continue towards that goal with SIFT, to bring tangible benefits to all sectors of the coastal communities around the Clyde. SIFT’s project represents a progressive model for a locally-managed sustainable fishery, something which will give ownership back to the relevant stakeholders.”

“Part of the challenge is to restore the Clyde’s white fish populations so that the fishing industry can once again sustainably catch fin-fish like cod, haddock and herring. In recent years the majority of Clyde commercial fishing landings have been shellfish. This dependence on shellfish is a social, economic and environmental tragedy in what was once a world renowned fin-fishery.”

Historically the Clyde had a healthy mix of shellfish and fin-fish fisheries which attracted both recreational and commercial sectors who in turn supported many of the coastal communities.

SIFT Chairman Robert Younger said: “We are delighted that Billy has joined SIFT as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the Clyde fishery.

“We believe that Billy’s expertise, and the high regard in which he is held, will help SIFT to achieve its objectives of reversing the decline in the Clyde fishery and bring about the restoration of an economically vibrant coastal economy based upon a healthier marine environment”.

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