A meeting with Mull & Argyll IFG sub-group members took place on 26 April at Craignure, Mull. The meeting explored further opportunities for developments in inshore waters on the west coast of Mull and how local fisheries management issues might be resolved. The outcomes of the meeting will be reported to the first full meeting of the West Coast RIFG in June.
- A successful focus session, overseen by an independent facilitator, was held at the Creebridge Hotel, Newton Stewart on 24 March involving members of the SWIFG subgroup. Attended by fishermen representing both the static and mobile gear sectors, processors and other interested parties the focus session identified a number of local issues and objectives. The Solway focus session is the second such event held during 2016 involving SWIFG subgroups and as with the earlier Mull session in January has identified issues which will either lead to early actions or be used to inform the development of a Regional West Coast IFG Management Plan.
A meeting of the SWIFG executive committee took place in Glasgow on 2 March. The meeting was attended by members of each of SWIFG's three subgroups together with other fisheries and statutory agency representatives. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed here. This was the last SWIFG executive committee meeting following the stocktake review of IFGs in 2015. SWIFG will be replaced from 1 April by the Regional West Coast IFG. Details of the revised IFG structures can be seen here.
- A meeting of the SWIFG Mull subgroup on 23 February was a follow up to the focus session which took place in January at Craignure. Attended by representatives of all the different fishing sectors from Mull the main aim of the meeting was to explore methods of managing a local gear conflict issue. The meeting was very productive and its conclusions will be presented to the SWIFG Executive Committee meeting on the 2 March.
A well attended and productive meeting of the Solway Subgroup took place on the evening of 4 February in Newton Stewart. Among the issues discussed included updates on the Solway v-notching and creel panel projects, data collection, updates on cockle and razor fish, and updates on local marine protected areas.
The Mull SWIFG Subgroup participated in a very successful focus session at An Roth Enterprise Resource Centre, Craignure on 21 January. The event was attended by SWIFG members together with other interested parties. A main outcome was the agreement of an expression of willingness to continue to work together to develop a locally controlled strategy to develop and sustain a profitable inshore fishing industry on Mull. Resources such as the Mull Valuation Report will be used to develop the strategy.