CommonSpace editor Ben Wray finds no one seems to want to talk about the big substance issues affecting Scotland’s fishing communities, the three most important being inequality, ownership and technological change
FIRST Minister’s Questions on Thursday [29 November] saw another round of turgid debate on the future of Scotland’s fisheries.
In the Cartoon of the Week, Lorna Miller (@mistressofline) looks at the Brexit-EU Political Declaration, and what its consequences for Scotland’s fishing industry could be.
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The Political Declaration has been described as “25 pages of waffle” and “an agreement to have an agreement” by opposition party leaders
THE UK and EU have agreed a Political Declaration on the future relationship between the two countries. EU member states will meet on Sunday [25 November] to decide whether they will accept the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, and if they agree it will then go the House of Commons in coming weeks.
Fiona MacInnes looks at Scotland’s fishing industry and argues that, post-Brexit, the industry is either heading for total corporate domination that will exhaust our resources and impoverish fisherman, or a new collective model where fish are used for the good of Scotland as a whole. Fiona is a writer and creative, community enabler and activist, with a lifetime connection with fishing in Orkney. She writes in a personal capacity unconnected to any organisations or professional roles with which she is connected
SNP press Conservative ministers on fall-out from Brexit vote
THE UK GOVERNMENT has refused to guarantee €100m of funding pledged to Scotland’s fisheries community due to the risks caused by the UK vote to leave the EU.
UK Government Brexit minister David Davis failed to give any guarantees that expected funding for maritime and fisheries interests would be delivered, as he told parliament “it is not for me to make commitments” on industry finances.
In the second of a series of explainers on various aspects of the EU ahead of the UK’s referendum on membership, CommonSpace looks at the the environment: from bees to beaches, farming to fish, does the EU help or hinder?
There’s a notable pro-EU tone among environmental campaigners – but many fishermen and farmers are campaigning to leave the union.
Scottish waters will be open to “other countries’” fishing vessels
SCOTTISH fishing waters could be open to neighbouring countries’ vessels after Brexit, after UK environment secretary Michael Gove told the Danish fishing industry their boats would be allowed into UK waters.
Smokebombs were set off outside Holyrood during key committee meeting
AN ATTEMPT to stop protection measures for the seabed by a Tory MSP was overturned amidst a police intervention outside Holyrood over rowdy protestors.
Conservative MSP Sir Jamie McGrigor was defeated in parliament yesterday [27 January] as his motion to scrap planned protections for the marine environment was voted down in a committee meeting.
Proposals to expand weapons testing area risks encroaching on fishing community
A LACK OF CONSULTATION over the future of a military testing range off Scotland's west coast has raised concerns that the base will impose tight restrictions on local fishing activities.
The UK Government's Ministry of Defence is considering an expansion of the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (Butec) between Applecross and Rona in the Scottish Highlands.