A petition requesting to reinstate the inshore coastal limit on the use of dredge and trawl fishing gears will be referred to the RAINE Committee

A petition requesting to reinstate the inshore coastal limit on the use of dredge and trawl fishing gears will be referred to the RAINE Committee

The Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee will formally refer a petition requesting reinstate the inshore coastal limit on the use of dredge and trawl fishing gears to the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee.

The proposal put forward by environmental non-governmental organisations including the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation would see bottom-towed fishing methods banned from inside the 3 nautical mile limit on the west coast of Scotland and a 12 nautical mile restriction imposed on the east coast.

If such a limit would come into place, it would cause great hardship on the majority of inshore fishermen that operate bottom-towing methods and that dual fish; using both bottom-towing and static gear.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for Eastwood, Jackson Carlaw in his role as Conveyor for the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee, issued the letter to the Conveyor of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee, Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Finlay Carson.

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In the letter Mr Carlaw writes:

“As Convener to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee, I am writing to let you know that we considered the above petition at our meeting of 26 October 2022.

At that meeting, the Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee under Rule 15.6.2 of Standing Orders.

I am conscious of your Committee’s busy work programme and wanted to alert you to this, prior to a formal referral notice being sent by the Clerks.

As part of our consideration of this petition, we have examined both written evidence from the petitioner, interested organisations and members of the public. We concluded that this petition could most usefully be considered in the context of any current work the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee is undertaking around inshore fisheries.

The next step will be for the Clerks to send Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Clerks a formal referral notice. This will happen as soon as possible, and will provide contact details for the petitioner and details of our consideration of this petition. It is then entirely up to you how you wish to progress each petition, including whether you wish to hear further evidence or close the petition.”

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Petition to reinstate inshore coastal limit referred to RAINE Committee

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