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Davie Tait
24th May 2013, 15:56
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Marine Scotland has announced the appointment of the two remaining chairmen for the Inshore Fisheries Group (IFG) network.

The appointment of the four other IFG chairmen was announced by the Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead at the Inshore Fisheries Conference held in Inverness earlier this year. The new chairmen are Peter Johnstone for the East Coast IFG and Alastair McNeill for the South West.

IFGs are non-statutory bodies and aim to improve the management of Scotland’s inshore fisheries out to six nautical miles and to give commercial inshore fishermen a strong voice in wider marine management developments.

Following on from a pilot, six new Inshore Fisheries Groups will cover all of the Scottish coast (except Shetland which has its own management arrangements). Arrangements for Orkney will differ from other IFGs to reflect the local situation. IFGs will take forward and develop inshore fisheries management plans in their respective areas.

Mr Lochhead said: “Inshore fishing is vitally important to the Scottish economy, contributing around £72 million in landings and supporting many remote communities. Despite this, inshore fisheries have often stood in the shadows of other fisheries sectors, which is why we have introduced a revised management approach, building on the foundations laid by the previous IFGs.

“Looking ahead, we want to support inshore fisheries to develop sustainably. That’s why I want to expand the IFG network to cover the whole of the Scottish coastline, with more flexibility for membership.

“We plan to evolve the roles of the IFG chairs, supported by a national liaison officer, to help this important work deliver real benefits in the years to come.”