Selected quotes from the papers

The following are quotes we have selected from the papers which we believe encapsulate the key messages.

  • Scotland’s coastline provides a wonderful environment in which to enjoy recreational sea angling, as well as supporting jobs in fragile coastal economies throughout Scotland.
  • Highlighting the gap between our seas and our lives serves to make us look at reasons why we have become so detached and for solutions to reconnect.
  • How much a good angler knows about the sea is impressive – from tides, weather, the behaviour and idiosyncrasies of the wildlife to their favoured habitat and preferred dinner, it is verging on encyclopedic.
  • We have a huge amount to offer and a vast array of marine tourism activities. It’s our country and the more we promote the water based activities, the more people will take note and get involved.
  • On one hand the Scottish Government and the commercial fishermen seem to be saying stocks have never been better and on the other hand we see Scottish anglers discussing the state of the Clyde.
  • I would urge Local Authorities, Destination Organisations and business communities to look at their own shorelines and seascapes as areas of economic growth.
  • Marine conservation within Scotland’s inshore waters has vast potential economic benefit if the value of marine fauna is seen as lying beyond simply being a consumable.
  • Data from recreational fisheries can also provide valuable data to help monitor MPAs and help focus and direct research, providing information on species where lack of data has prevented appropriate management.
  • Practically workable management measures will also be required for the MPAs. So there is a great deal of change in the air, from implementation timelines, to quotas for fish landings, closed areas, conflict resolution, gear conflict and the thorny issue of compliance.
  • The change is that when I think about MPAs now I think of them in the context of that huge Skate. I think of it as his habitat, his space, his livelihood.
  • The Clyde is often seen as a contained and compact area, but the complexity of its ecosystems, effects of climate change, social and economic forces make it a fascinating and multidimensional area.
  • All of us must work together, listen to the needs (economically, socially, environmentally) of other groups and have a strategic very long term aim to protect our ecosystems for the future.
  • I have always believed that Scotland’s Marine environment should be a common shared resource with decisions made for all stakeholders not just commercial interests.
  • We need to get beyond hopelessness and indeed the obituary of the Clyde.

 

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