The Clyde Fishermen’s Association is holding a series of public meetings around the Clyde waterway, with several in Argyll or within easy reach of it. The purposes of the meetings are:
- to discuss the current concerns in the industry for its survival in the face of changes in Marine Scotland’s policy, including what they see as ‘over ambitious’ plans for Marine Protected Areas – MPAs;
- to assess the attitudes of the non-fishing sector public and the business sector;
- to seek public understanding and support for their concerns.
The Association points out that threats to the fishing sector do not just affect jobs in that sector – but extend way beyond it. The industry employs engineers, netmakers, haulage contractors, fish processors. The sector also supports hotels, restaurants and shops in the areas local to the fishing ports.
This makes the concerns of the sector live issues for communities and businesses, which is why this series of public meetings is being held.
Everyone is welcome to these sessions and the Association makes specific mention of the business community and people outside the fishing sector.
Some sessions have already taken place but the majority are still to come. GHey are:
- 23rd November: CAMPBELTOWN – Ardshiel Hotel at 7.30pm
- 24th November: TABERT- Village Hall at 7.30pm
- 25th November: PORT ELLEN – Islay Hotel at 7.30pm
- 26th November: TROON – Walker Hall at 7.30pm
- 30th November: LARGS – Brisbane Hotel at 7.30pm