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15/05/15 11:00

Wild Fisheries Reform

New management system for salmon and freshwater fish.

An ambitious programme of wild fisheries reform has been set out by the Environment Minister Aileen McLeod.

A paper published today confirms the Scottish Government’s commitment to the reform of wild fisheries, which will result in a new management system designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

The paper also sets out the Government’s response to the independent Wild Fisheries Review. It outlines the fundamental principles on which the new system will be built, and commits to developing a national wild fisheries strategy for the management of all freshwater and migratory fish species.

The wild fisheries paper includes a consultation which seeks views on a number of broad policy options including the balance of functions between local and national levels, funding, science and skills, regulation and compliance and promoting access and opportunity and careers in fishing.

Over the next 12 weeks all those with an interest in wild fisheries will be invited to use the consultation period to offer their views on the broad policy options for the new system.

Launching the consultation, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Dr Aileen McLeod said:

"I am delighted to confirm that the Scottish Government will take forward an ambitious programme of wild fisheries reform. Scotland’s wild fisheries are a valuable natural resource, it is therefore vital that we have a modern, evidence-based management system that is fit for purpose in the 21st century and is guided by the conservation needs of our wild species.

"This consultation is an opportunity to contribute to the development of a robust and sustainable management system for our wild fisheries. We need to ensure that our fish thrive and people can continue fishing and enjoy the resulting social and economic benefits for generations to come.

"I look forward to working with everyone with an interest in salmon and freshwater fisheries to deliver wild fisheries reform. This consultation is the next stage in that process and I would encourage everyone to share their views."

Notes to editors

The independent Wild Fisheries Review Panel, chaired by Andrew Thin, published its report in October 2014 and made 53 wide-ranging recommendations for change. The report can be viewed at: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0046/00460195.pdf

The consultation document can be found at:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/05/7755

The consultation ends on 7th August 2015.