Anglers not invited to Inshore Fisheries Conference

lochheadMarine Scotland is to host the first Inshore Fisheries conference in Inverness on February 8, 2013.

They say the conference will bring together the entire industry for the first time and provide a forum to share views and ideas, and provide an opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s Inshore fisheries.

But recreational interests, especially sea anglers are not invited.

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Inshore fishing is vitally important to the Scottish economy, contributing around £77 million in landings and supporting many remote communities, indeed it is by far our largest fishing fleet. Smaller classes of vessels operating sustainably around our beautiful coastline, providing the highest possible seafood product for eager customers both at home and abroad.”

According to Marine Scotland, inshore fishermen operate around the entire Scottish coast and support fragile local communities.

This is true of BOTH recreational and commercial fishing methods.

In January 2012, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, announced a new Inshore Fisheries strategy focused on improving fisheries management and Marine Scotland’s engagement with inshore stakeholders.

The conference is meant to recognise the complex nature of inshore fishing, examine issues and challenges and explore options to improve it – but only with regard to commercial interests.

Once again an opportunity for both commercial and recreational interests to develop an understanding of each others issues has been lost.

Full details are provided at on the Scot Gov site.

You can register, as long as you are from the commercial sector here.

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