The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Tidelines magazine can be downloaded here.
The Conference Page has the presentations from the 2012 Annual Conference and AGM which was held on 16 November 2012.† The full report will be added soon.
Solway Firth Partnership
COCKLE FISHING STUDIES UNDERWAY
While the cockle fishery remains closed in the Solway, a small group of fishermen will be undertaking a limited commercial fishery to help a multi-agency partnership led by Marine Scotland conduct a management study.† The aim is to develop management methods for the future which are sustainable and bring maximum benefit to the local economy.† The work takes full account of the need to protect the important wildlife and habitats of the Solway and is being conducted in accordance with the highest standards of environmental protection.† The "COCKLE FISHING studies underway November 2013" document is available for download - or read on.
Current work builds on the well-attended public consultation events held in Dumfries last winter and earlier this year, which set the foundations for the future.† Allan Gibb, Marine Scotland's Head of Sea Fisheries Operations, chaired the public meetings.† He commented: "The overwhelming desire of everyone who contributed was for a sustainable long-term cockle fishery.† The need for a partnership of local community, industry and agencies working together towards common goals was recognised as the only way to achieve this.† A Steering Group chaired by Marine Scotland has now been established to co-ordinate a broad range of complementary work-streams, all geared towards building a management model which will deliver safe and sustainable fishing practices for the future."
Current work includes a† Scientific Study led by Marine Scotland which will test a Territorial User Rights for Fisheries (TURF) model for management of the fishery.† The TURF approach works by awarding exclusive access to fishing areas to a clearly defined group and has proved to be effective in managing issues such as overfishing and weak economic returns in other parts of the world.† The TURFs study will test elements of proposed systems for:
- Safe and controlled hand-gathering of cockles on the beach
- Transportation between the beach and a single collection point
- Fair and transparent payment of cocklers
- Use of a single distribution point
In addition, Solway Firth Partnership has commissioned a Cockle Fishery Review of Management Options: a complementary study funded by the Dumfries and Galloway Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) under the European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 programme and Marine Scotland.† The aims are to inform future management and to consider the cross border context for the fishery, as well as using Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards as a guide to sustainability.† MSC is an international fisheries acreditation programme that sets a recognised benchmark for sustainabley managed fisheries.
PLANNING SCOTLAND'S SEAS CONSULTATIONS
Marine Scotland is undertaking consultation on drafts of the Scottish:
- National Marine Plan
- Marine Pland for Offshore Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy
- Possible Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas
These documents will shape the future of the Solway Firth. More information, including all the consultation documents, can be found here.The consultation closes on 13 November 2013.
Dumfries and Galloway Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)
Dumfries and Galloway Fisheries Local Action Group†(FLAG) is†seeking applications for the first round of grants from the European Fisheries Fund.† The Fund offers a great opportunity to boost local economic development by supporting local businesses and communities across the region.† See here†for further information on the Fund and how to apply.
Making The Most of the Coast
The Making the Most of the Coast project will include land art, building on the regionís reputation in this field.† This photograph of local artist, Jim Buchanan, creating a labyrinth at Sandyhills on the Dumfries and Galloway coast gives an impression of the striking images this can generate.† The photograph was taken by Allan Pollok-Morris and features in the book: 'Close: Landscape Design and Land Art in Scotland' (Northfield Editions).
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