Seafood survey finds greater compliance in industry – Fishupdate.com

Seafood survey finds greater compliance in industry Published:  30 March, 2007

SCOTTISH fishermen feel there is greater compliance within the industy than five years ago, according to the first survey of its kind published yesterday.

A sample of 25% of vessel owners and skippers and 26% of processors based in Scotland were interviewed during the research.

Research by SeaFAR (Sea Fisheries Advisory and Reference Group) also asked fishermen for their views on how they think the fishing industry can become even better managed.

The main findings show that the majority of respondents feels there is greater compliance with fishing rules and regulations. Awareness and understanding of the regulations is also generally high.

There is an acceptance of the need for on-going regulation within the industry, which is recognised as important in order to conserve fish stocks and for fishing to remain viable in the future.

The survey also highlights areas where the industry and the Executive can improve in the future.

Communication and working in cooperation were consistent themes which will help to overcome the potential for some lack of trust and confidence towards fisheries scientists and managers.

The research findings will help shape the future management of fisheries in Scotland and provide a baseline against which some of the successes of the SeaFAR Action Plan are measured, particularly in relation to satisfaction with the fisheries science, governance and regulatory framework in Scotland and the EU.

Bertie Armstrong, Chair of the SeaFAR Well Managed working group said: “It is important that both SeaFAR members and the Scottish Executive take forward the recommendations of the report to ensure that the Scottish seafood industry continues to be sustainable, profitable and well managed.”

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