SFF states requirement for urgent industry/government discussions on CCTV as a fisheries control measure – Fishupdate.com

SFF states requirement for urgent industry/government discussions on CCTV as a fisheries control measure Published:  09 October, 2009

SFF states requirement for urgent industry/government discussions on CCTV as a fisheries control measure.

Speaking in response to Scottish fisheries minister Richard Lochhead’s announcement that CCTV on fishing vessels could unlock more quota and fishing time, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: ‘The fishing industry is rightly wary of dramatic or instant solutions to any problem. As with all new control measures, a careful consideration of all the consequences is vital. It does not have to take long – but it really has to happen – if those who will live with the measures are to support it.

‘The results of the trial starting in August must be made available and an analysis of the short and long term advantages and disadvantages must be done – only then can the industry come to an informed view. This has yet to happen – government must accept that the best control arrangements are those which have the support of those to whom they apply.’