The fifth Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference took place at Eden Court, Inverness on Friday 5 October 2018.
Leaving the EU presents the Scottish Government with an opportunity to develop a new model of fisheries management for Scottish waters. This is a long-term commitment, and one which will rely on the involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders. The Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference was the ideal venue to discuss this issue within the context of the inshore fishing sector.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, was in attendance to open the conference and gave the keynote speech. This was followed in the afternoon by a plenary that discussed the Scottish Government’s plans for taking forward work on the future of fisheries management in Scotland.
Delegates had a selection of interesting workshops to participate in throughout the day, with some being led by fishing industry associations for the first time. There were sessions on:
What Coastal Fishing Communities Can Bring to Science, Sustainability and Governance (Community Inshore Fisheries Alliance)
The potential of low impact fishing for Scotland (Low Impact Fishers of Europe / Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation)
Implementing the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Integrated Data System (MASTS)
Improving Inshore Fisheries Data (Marine Scotland)
There were plenty of networking opportunities, with exhibitor stalls and representatives from a range of organisations in attendance. The conference was an ideal opportunity to meet people who share an interest in inshore ﬁshing in an informal setting, and for active fishermen to have their say on how Scotland’s inshore ﬁsheries are managed.