A national programme of Quayside Conversations was announced on 4 October 2012 by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, as part of Marine Scotland’s strategy to improve engagement with the fishing industry and meet fishermen and onshore interests to hear at first-hand their concerns for the future of the industry.
Eighteen conversations were held in total, starting in Eyemouth on 25 October 2012 and working round the coast and islands to Kirkcudbright on 4 April 2013.
Some 300 people took the opportunity to attend at least one conversation, with numbers largely dependent on the weather and if the fleet was at sea. There was a good mix of interests represented with local skippers from different sectors and onshore interests making up the majority.
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