Lack Of Progress On Freshwater Fishery Rules Under Fire –

Lack Of Progress On Freshwater Fishery Rules Under Fire Fishing Monthly Published:  26 April, 2002

SCOTTISH Shadow Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has hit at the lack of action by the Scottish Government to bring forward legislation on freshwater fisheries.

He said that after two years of consultation there is still no

Parliamentary timetable to legislate on changes to current regulations.

And despite a debate in Parliament this week there is no promise of

legislation in the lifetime of this Parliament.

Mr Lochhead commented:” Despite a great deal of consensus across all parties other than the Tories on the way ahead, Scottish fisheries minister Ross Finnie and his deputy Allan Wilson were

unable to commit themselves to bringing forward legislation to reform themanagement of our rivers and wild fish stocks.

” After a prolonged and delayed two year consultative process, all the many angling groups and conservation bodies have been let down badly by Ministers who have told them that there is agreement on many of the proposals but no timetable to bring forward the necessary legislation.”