The third Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference was held on Friday 9 October 2015 at Eden Court in Inverness.
The Conference was opened with an evening reception on Thursday 8th October, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, followed by the main conference on Friday 9 October 2015. Both events at Eden Court were free to attend and a summary of proceedings is available online.
The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 has seen a wide range of events across the country and our high quality seafood is an integral component of this important national industry. This year’s conference continued the celebration of our fantastic seafood and provided an informal opportunity to meet fishermen and others from around Scotland with an interest in inshore fishing. There were opportunities to share experiences and knowledge in an informal setting on a wide range of issues, including long-standing fisheries management challenges and actions, and proposals to improve the evidence base on which fisheries management decisions are made.
Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, launched the conference and delegates attended workshops/sessions on a variety of subjects as well as visiting stands from a range of organisations including MASTS, fishing federations, Seafish, Marine Scotland, and others.
Delegates attended their choice of two from the four sessions below.
- Opportunities to develop markets within the local tourism industry
- Identifying catch composition using technology to enable self-reporting
- Community Supported Fisheries
- Processors' Viewpoint
Two previous conferences had been held - at Eden Court, Inverness in 2013 and Perth Concert Hall in 2014 - and further details are available on their individual pages.