IFG Meetings – SE looking for input

There are a series of meetings being held around the country regarding Inshore Fisheries Groups (IFGs). The Scottish Executive intend that these groups will be given the responsibility to create a local inshore fisheries plan and that the IFGs should comprise only commercial fishing interests.

Ahead of the Solway IFG discussion meeting on Tuesday, we had a meeting with the SE representatives to lobby for a presence on the IFGs and SIFAG (Scottish Inshore Fisheries Advisory Group) for SSACN as we believe that the combined efforts of a variety of stakeholders is required to ensure that narrow interests of one sector do not prevail to the detriment of any other local stakeholder.

This was re-inforced in the public meeting later that day and agreed to by several of the commercial interests who were present, the only strong voice against greater inclusion was the representative of the scallop dredgers.

To reinforce this message it is essential we
have a presence at every one of the future meetings, the latest list can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Fisheries/Sea-Fisheries/InshoreFisheries/HRODavidWilsonLetter but in the meantime the next times/dates are  :

# 31 July 7.30pm    Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula
# 8 August 12.45pm     Palace Hotel, Inverness
# 8 August 7pm     Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh
# 9 August 7pm     Town Hall, upper floor, Stonehaven
# 15 August 5pm     St Moluag’s Diocesan Centre, Oban
# 16 August 6pm     Templer’s Hall, Tarbert

Category: SSACN Announcements

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