Potential consequences of a discards ban
Alan Coghill, president of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, will warn guests attending the SFF’s annual dinner in Edinburgh of the serious consequences a discards ban could have on fishing communities.
He will say that there is little indication of how the ban will work in practice, and that scientists have already begun to question the validity and practicality of the exemptions and the flexibility measures suggested.
He will say that the Commission and EU Parliament have chosen the ultimate route, which could prove unworkable for some fleets, but were driven by the extreme environmental lobby, who “will ultimately have responsibility for the final biological and socio-economic consequences”.
He believes that from a Scottish perspective it is likely to result in a much reduced fleet size with resultant social and economic consequences for already beleaguered fishing communities.
Mr Coghill and Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, will both state the importance of the Scottish government and fishing industry working closely together to improve communication and cooperation to deliver practical results.
Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead and other leading industry figures will be attending the dinner tonight (2 October).