The Scottish government is committed to working with those in the fishing industry who will be affected by energy transition, says Gougeon
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Mairi Gougeon says the Scottish government is committed to working with those in the fishing industry who will be affected by energy transition.
Asked by the Scottish National Party’s East Lothian MSP, Paul McLennan, what progress has been made by the Scottish Government on addressing any socioeconomic impacts on marine industries affected by the need for a just transition to a low-impact fishing industry, the Minister said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to working to deliver a just transition to climate resilience and net zero for Scotland. Scotland’s Future Fisheries Management Strategy sets out our approach to managing sea fisheries in Scotland in partnership with our stakeholders through ‘co-management’ and in a way that balances environmental, social, and economic interests to ensure the long-term sustainable management of Scotland’s fishing sector.
“We recognise that planning and stakeholder engagement will be crucial to ensure that the economic and social impacts and opportunities from the transition for climate resilience and net zero are not missed and that risks associated with rapid structural change are mitigated where possible. Understanding the social and economic impacts and opportunities for marine sectors using just transition principles is at an early planning stage and will be evidence-informed and co-designed, working with those most impacted by the transition to help shape our approach.”