On 24 June 2011, Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, announced a refreshed stakeholder engagement plan covering fisheries management and seafood supply. Part of this new approach involves the establishment of a new fisheries co-management group, the Fisheries Management and Conservation Group (FMAC).
FMAC, which replaces the Scottish Fisheries Council (SFC), will build on the Conservation Credits Steering Group (CCSG) and will be a decision-making body and discussion forum concerned with all issues connected to sea fisheries management.
FMAC will be chaired by Marine Scotland and will have representatives from:
- fishing industry representative bodies
- fish producer organisations
- environmental organisations
- Marine Scotland Policy and Science
As with CCSG, other UK administrations will be invited to attend as observers of FMAC.
It is expected that FMAC will meet quarterly and with members invited to consider a decision on one or more issues important to the sector. To ensure that any important issues are addressed, members will be encouraged to circulate agenda items and proposals with sufficient time to allow representative bodies to come to a view on matters raised.
Papers from the FMAC meetings are now available online, including the remit of the group.