SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, is encouraging local stakeholders to engage with the Scottish Government’s ongoing consultation on its Fisheries Management Strategy, which aims to boost the fishing industry across coastal communities while protecting Scotland’s marine environment.
The consultation on how to collaboratively improve inshore fisheries data, which was launched on 14th August, includes proposals to introduce electronic tracking and monitoring technology for small fishing vessels.
This follows two related consultations: one on Remote Electric Monitoring (REM) on board pelagic and scallop vessels, and the other on Scotland’s Future Catching Policy.
Alasdair Allan MSP said:
“I welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to listen to coastal communities on matters of fisheries policy, and I would encourage those interested in the inshore sector to contribute to the latest consultation, which focuses on electronic tracking and monitoring technologies for commercial fishing vessels under 12 metres.
“Scotland's seas are a rich and diverse natural asset, intrinsically linked to our fishing communities. There needs to be a strong partnership between government, industry and communities to ensure our blue economy remains world-class, continuing to deliver financially and culturally in a sustainable manner.
“We all know how important the fishing industry is – not only in the Western Isles, but across Scotland. This is a chance to help shape the future of our local fishing sector, which is so vital to our environment, our culture, and our economy.”
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