A new website has been launched for the Scottish Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (RIFG) Network providing up-to-date information for fishers

A new website has been launched for the Scottish Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (RIFG) Network providing up-to-date information for fishers

A new website to provide fishers with a source of up-to-date information has been launched by Scotland’s Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (RIFG) network.

Scotland has five Regional Inshore Fisheries Groups where local fishermen come together to explore local fisheries management initiatives. The network was established in 2016 and succeed the six Inshore Fisheries Groups that were formerly in place from 2013.

The five groups are:

  • North & East Coast
  • West Coast
  • Outer Hebrides
  • Orkney Sustainable Fisheries
  • Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation

Each Group develops their Fisheries Management Plan with projects and initiatives designed to promote local sustainable fisheries.  Some example projects include:

  • Short term pilot fisheries eg. to test out gear separation or new fishing methods
  • Trial fisheries to test a small-scale fishery as a means of diversifying from main target species
  • Setting up and getting voluntary closures with members to protect a particular stock or portion of the seabed, for a time, to allow for recruitment.
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The website, will be regularly updated with input from the five nationwide groups. By accessing the site fishers will be able to view project documentation, access minutes of meetings and feed directly into agendas – all specific to their area.

The launch of the website is the latest part of Marine Scotland’s drive to support the evolution of the RIFGs, enabling them to become the main vehicle for evidence-based management in inshore waters.

The RIFG network was established in 2016 with the aim of improving the management of inshore fisheries and giving inshore commercial fishermen a strong voice in fisheries and wider marine management developments.

Map of Scotland highlighting the website areas in various colours

Jennifer Mouat, Chair, North and East Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group said: “As we move forward into a new era of fisheries management the Regional Inshore Fisheries Groups will be an integral part of connecting fisheries management and fishers.

“The new RIFG platform will allow a one stop shop for all RIFG information across the network of inshore fisheries groups making key information more accessible to all stakeholders. “

Source

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
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New website launched for Regional Inshore Fisheries Group Network

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