Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has urged participation in two Scottish Government fishing consultations: Scotland’s Future Catching Policy and Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM). The Scottish Government is seeking views from stakeholders to shape future policies.
The Future Catching Policy is described by the Scottish Government as a fundamental part of delivering a sustainable and responsible Fisheries Management Strategy.
Views on the rollout to the scallop and pelagic fleet segments, and initial views on REM applied across other sections of the fleet are being sought. REM includes integrated on-board systems of cameras, gear sensors, video storage, and Global Positioning System units on vessels which capture comprehensive videos of fishing activity with associated sensor and positional information.
Both consultations close on Tuesday 7th June 2022.
Ms Wishart said:
“I’m encouraging Shetland’s fleet to take part in these consultations and let the Scottish Government hear what’s happening at sea.
“Real life experience needs to be at the heart of new policies and the more experiences shared the better.
“All of us want to encourage sustainable fishing and ensure there is a future for the sector.
“We shouldn’t assume that anyone knows what’s better for our seas that those who spend their lives on them.”
Notes to Editors
Links to the consultations can be found below: