Wednesday, 17 June 2015

SGA FISHING GROUP DISCUSSES WILD FISHERIES REFORM NEXT STEPS


Representatives from The SGA Fishing Group met with Scottish Government today in Perth to discuss the second stage of the Wild Fisheries Reform process, with consultation responses due in by August 7th, 2015.
The timeline towards the passing of a new bill was discussed as were key questions in the latest consultation, which aims to set out guiding principles for the new bill.
Carcass tagging and its policing, funding levy mechanisms for a new national body - as well as local groups - and potential economic impacts of reforms for river workers and downstream industries were discussed at length in what was a constructive and helpful meeting.
CPD for river workers, reform timescales and how to get youngsters and newcomers involved in rod angling were all topics on a wide-ranging agenda.
The SGA Fishing Group will now endeavour, deadline permitting, to organise a meeting in Perth to iron out details of the consultation response before a final copy is presented to Scottish Government.
The group is also encouraging all individual members to sign up for regular news bulletins, which will provide key information as the reform process moves forward.
Email WildFisheriesReform@scotland.gsi.gov.uk and ask to be placed on the mailing list for all future dispatches.