I have just opened a letter from the Scottish exec and RSA will not be invited to sit on the advisory group on marine and coastal strategy.
To say I am gutted is putting it mildly. Finnie the fisheries minister has repeatedly said “there is no reason why we shouldn’t be included” and “We may be included” I guess he was just fobbing us off all the bloody time.
One very pxsswd off
Ian - If they can ignore the questions raised around McKie then ignoring RSA is small beer for them. IMHO, the only way to get them to focus on our issues is to make it a political issue ie: it will cost them votes.
It's really strange that at a time when they are investing in trying to get youth interested in trout/salmon fishing they are not really interested in RSA - perhaps the TV and other media who gave time / space for that excercise could be encouraged to present the alternative view.
I know there's been a great deal of discussion on the FishScotland Forum on involvement but I don't think the SFSA really have the heart for direct action - consultation, meetings, procedures etc; and too readily get led astray by the weasel words out of Holyrood. That may be a bit harsh but I really don't see the SFSA achieving a great deal.