McGrigor reminds constituents to respond to Wild Fisheries consultation before it closes on August 7th

 Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands MSP and the Scottish Conservative Fisheries Spokesman, is reminding constituents in his region, including anglers and those involved in managing wild fisheries, to respond to the Scottish Government’s current consultation on reform of wild fisheries. The Scottish Government is seeking comments on its response to the Wild Fisheries Review chaired by Andrew Thin. The consultation period ends on Friday 7th August. It is expected the Scottish Government will then publish a draft Wild Fisheries Bill.Speaking today Jamie said:“ Our wild fisheries sector is of huge economic importance to my region and sustains many jobs in some of our more remote and rural communities. It attracts tourists from across the world and brings in valuable income.“ The Wild Fisheries Review covered a wide range of issues within the sector. I am very clear that local management and local knowledge is key to particular Scottish rivers and it is in those areas that power to direct operations should remain. A one-size fits all regulation system would not be appropriate and flexibility is required to recognise the different local expertise and arrangements on rivers.“ I encourage all those with an interest in angling or involved in river management to respond to the consultation before it closes on 7th August. It is vital that those with practical knowledge and experience have their say as the Scottish Government prepares to consult on a new Wild Fisheries Bill before the end of this Parliamentary session.”