Quayside conversations for the commercial sector

quaySenior Marine Scotland officials are to undertake a tour of Scotland’s fishing ports for a series of quayside conversations with commercial fishermen and others involved in the seafood industry to hear first hand about their concerns – but of course, the invites do not include those in the recreational sector.

A total of 17 engagements are planned between October 2012 and April 2013, starting with Eyemouth on October 25.

Some of these meetings will be led by Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead, who commented: “When I regularly travel around Scotland I often meet with active fishermen, who are usually very forthright in putting forward their views. And feedback from those who are regularly out at sea, facing the myriad of challenges presented by modern fishing, is always welcome.

“Uncertainties and frustrations over EU fisheries policy and financial pressures in a testing economic climate – these are just some of the challenges the Scottish fishing industry faces. I’m sure there are many more issues, some local and some national, that will be picked up through the quayside conversations.

“I look forward to taking part in some of the meetings, while my officials will feed back the views that fishermen from all corners of the country raise. I can assure the industry that I will listen to these concerns and carefully consider where the Scottish Government can offer help and support.”

Mike Palmer, Marine Scotland Head of Sea Fisheries, said: “The quayside conversations will enable us as Marine Scotland officials to increase our engagement with fishermen and hear their views first hand. It will also give us an opportunity to explain policies and hopefully alleviate some concerns. I am very aware that the policies we develop can have a serious impact on the livelihoods of skippers and I am determined we get these decisions right.”

So once again the Minister and Mike Palmer avoid listening to the concerns of sea anglers and other recreational marine users, all of whom significantly contribute to Scotland’s economy, have minimal impact on the marine environment and can be equally affected by their policies.

If you want to stand on a quayside and listen, the meetings will take place in the following locations and full details will be advertised locally:
* October 25 – Eyemouth,  October 26 – Pittenweem, November 9 – Arbroath
* November 16 – Peterhead, November 23 – Fraserburgh, November 29 – Stromness
* December 6 – Lerwick, January 11 – Buckie, January 24 – Scrabster
* January 25 – Ullapool, February 7 – Stornoway,  February 21 – Mallaig, March 1 – Portree
* March 14 – Oban, March 21 – Troon, March 28 – Campbeltown, April 4 – Kirkcudbright

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