Resistance is growing in Scotland’s island and coastal communities to the Scottish Government’s proposals to introduce Highly Protected Marine Areas.
What the current impact assessments don’t do is factor in the wider implications for wildlife and biodiversity on proposed large scale developments.
Half of all the Man Overboard fatalities in the UK on Under 10 metre vessels were in Scotland.
Emma Roddick MSP “suicide rates in the Highlands, Orkney and the Western Isles are the highest in the country.”
“Male-dominated jobs such as farming, fishing and forestry, which are important sectors in the Highlands and Islands, also have some of the highest suicide rates”
The agreement between the UK, the EU and Norway is for Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and management measures for North Sea cod, haddock, whiting, saithe, plaice and herring.
“the Vision document offers a pathway to continue sustainably fishing, providing employment for several young, local people within a fragile, rural community.” Callum Elliot
The interviews take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and all responses are treated as strictly confidential, with no figures from any individual vessel revealed in any outputs.
“Many of the old ways of life were similar in widespread farming and fishing communities, and are now fading from the places which can be linked by tales such as those told by Patrick-James – and Robert Rendall”
Fuel, feed and fertiliser costs are threatening “the very viability of many farms” commented Liam McArthur.
In a round of funding there were 47 successful Orkney applications from the Sea Fisheries Fund totalling £237,400.