Combes appointed Clyde inshore project officer – Fishupdate.com

Combes appointed Clyde inshore project officer Published:  07 March, 2005

A PROJECT OFFICER, responsible for introducing and implementing a development strategy for the Clyde inshore fishery, has been appointed at the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish).

Jason Combes, former industry development officer within the inshore group at Seafish, will work with a group of the fishery’s key stakeholders, including fishermen, buyers, managers, scientists and other professionals, to help introduce quality, traceability and conservation standards.

The stakeholder group will look at all aspects of the fisheries. They will be able to take advantage of comprehensive catch information generated by fishermen themselves and to access independent scientific advice from the University Marine Biological Station at Millport.

“After thorough research and consultation, we strongly believe that a bright future is possible for the Clyde inshore fishery if all the key stakeholders work together to agree on objectives and practical fisheries measures and I look forward to supporting them in this work,” says Jason.

“We will also continue to work closely with the Scottish Executive to help them implement their strategic framework for inshore fisheries management. We hope that the development project can help to pave the way towards area management in which stakeholders will have greater involvement in the management of inshore fisheries. Local management is one of the key recommendations of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit report on the UK fishing industry.”

Jason’s new position is funded by the Scottish Executive through the EU’s FIFG funding scheme and by Seafish, Scottish Natural Heritage and WWF.

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