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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/02/2016

Salmond calls for local contributions to draft provision of Wild Fisheries Scotland Bill

MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Alex Salmond, has called for locals with ties to the River Ythan and Deveron to review and comment on the draft provision for a Wild Fisheries Scotland Bill.

The provision, which was released by Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and MSP for South of Scotland, Dr Aileen McLeod, proposes a new management framework for Scottish wild fisheries. 

The Scottish Government have encouraged those involved in Scotland’s freshwater and salmon fisheries to take part in a consultation on the Scottish Government’s draft Wild Fisheries Bill. A draft Wild Fisheries Strategy has been launched and will run for twelve weeks.

Mr Salmond said: 

“The draft proposal released by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform is a positive step towards new ways by which the Scottish Government can manage Scotland’s waterways. 

"Fishing is an important sector of the rural economy in Aberdeenshire, and the River Ythan and River Deveron to the North, provides many people and businesses with their income. 

“I would strongly encourage anyone whom this proposal would affect to take part in the consultation process, in order to ensure that the government can provide the best possible framework.”

In a previous statement, Dr McLeod said: 

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting our famous and valuable wild fisheries, to ensuring we modernise our fishery management structures and to establishing a more secure and sustainable future for this vital sector.”

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Notes to Editors

The full proposal can be viewed here: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/wild-fisheries-reform-team/draft-wild-fisheries-strategy

Consultations can be contributed here and must be submitted by 02/05/2016: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/wild-fisheries-reform-team/draft-wild-fisheries-strategy/consultation/intro/view

Previous statement released 08/02/2016

Views sought on new management framework.

Everyone with an interest in the future of wild fisheries and habitats have been urged to contribute views on new proposals to improve their conservation and management.

A consultation on the Scottish Government’s draft Wild Fisheries Bill and a draft Wild Fisheries Strategy has been launched today and will run for the next twelve weeks.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr McLeod said she would welcome the input of individuals and organisations concerned with salmon and freshwater fisheries management to help ensure the sustainable future of this sector.

Dr McLeod said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting our famous and valuable wild fisheries, to ensuring we modernise our fishery management structures and to establishing a more secure and sustainable future for this vital sector.

“This is why we are consulting on draft provisions for a Wild Fisheries Bill, these provisions adopt an all species approach, while promoting conservation and good management of our wild fisheries resources.

“The draft provisions and draft Strategy have been developed collaboratively and have been informed by the Report on the Independent Wild Fisheries Review and with a substantial contribution from a range of stakeholders.

“I am pleased that we have had so many positive contributions to the process to date. This is a further opportunity for the sector to engage and influence the process and provide fresh thoughts. I would urge all those with an interest in fisheries management in Scotland to respond to the consultation by 2 May 2016.”