Scotland: New creeler association formed to provide voice for the licensed creelers and divers – Fishupdate.com

Scotland: New creeler association formed to provide voice for the licensed creelers and divers Published:  06 January, 2006

A NEW Association of Scottish Creelers and Divers (SCAD) will be launched on January 18 at the Royal and Northern Yacht Club, Rhu, Helensburgh at 11.30am. Shellfish produce and economic values will be highlighted and also displayed. Scotland’s coastline boasts a rich harvest of langoustines, (Nephrops, Dublin Bay Prawn) scallop, lobster and several crab species.

Amd traditional creelers’ and divers’ fishing methods are claimed to be demonstrably sustainable and environmentally friendly as they are highly selective, cause little or no damage to the sea-bed or marine environment and return any by-catch, or juvenile of the species, back into the sea unharmed.

Scotland’s top celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and John Quigley have endorsed SCAD’s aims and objectives and many food organisations acknowledge the fact that when quality is the issue whole shellfish caught by sustainable methods are a far more appealing product. Consumers similarly want to know that their favourite Scottish seafood treats can be caught by local, traditional methods that do not damage Scotland’s marine environment.

“It would be great news if the British consumer became more aware that the langoustines, lobsters, scallops and other delicacies they so readily consume whilst holidaying abroad, are most likely to have been caught in Scottish waters by creelers and divers,” said Alistair Sinclair, Chair of Scottish Creelers and Divers.

The group aims to bring together all licensed creelers and divers for the purpose of ensuring proper and equal opportunities within local Management Groups proposed by Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD).

The need for proper representation at all levels of decision making is said to be never greater due to what many see as the excessive effort being placed upon inshore shellfish stocks around the coastline of Scotland .In the past Scotland’s creelers and divers have been represented by associations mainly made up of the trawling sector and many feel that at best their representation has been a fudge.

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