Fishery decision welcomed on Clyde

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has welcomed the decision by the Scottish Government to reject an application by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust for a Regulating Order for the Firth of Clyde.

The SFF and the Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) maintained such management was unnecessary, with the fishery already heavily regulated.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We welcome this pragmatic decision made by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing. The imposition of a Regulating Order and the consequent restrictions on legitimate and sustainable fishing would have devastated Clyde fishing communities.

“The Clyde fishery is already very carefully managed and local fishermen are working hard to ensure a sustainable future in a number of conservation initiatives.”