The Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) is hosting a series of public meetings in fishing communities around the Firth of Clyde to highlight concerns over the potential community-wide impact of proposed fisheries management measures.

The management arrangements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Clyde combined with a proposed ‘Regulating Order’ from the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) threaten the viability of coastal fishing communities in the area, says the CFA.

Over the period 19 to 30 November, the CFA will be hosting community meetings in Stranraer, Carradale, Campbeltown, Tarbert, Port Ellen (Islay), Troon and Largs.

Elaine Whyte, secretary of the CFA, said: “The meetings are open to everyone who is concerned about the survival of our communities whether they are directly connected with fishing or not. These measures have the potential to impact upon every aspect of community life including local businesses and schools.

“Fishing has contributed a huge amount to our communities over the years and now the industry is under threat of extinction due to unnecessarily ambitious proposed MPAs and a regulating order imposed from outwith.

“The Clyde fishery is already heavily regulated and controlled to ensure sustainable fishing and additional tiers of management will only spell the death knell of our industry. We fully support marine conservation and the principle of MPAs, but it is vital that such management measures are proportionate and enable the continuation of sustainable fishing.”

More information on dates and venues of the meetings at www.clydefish.com