The Scottish Government-supported Wild Fisheries Review came to Deeside this week, welcomed by North-east MSP Christian Allard.
The roundtable discussion event is one of 18 similar events taking place across Scotland in the coming weeks, with local managers, river users, beneficiaries and practitioners on the ground who are directly engaged with wild fisheries at a local level.
The Review was announced by the First Minister in January, as he marked the official opening of the Scottish salmon fishing season on the River Tay.
The review aims to develop and promote a modern, evidence-based management system for wild fisheries – fit for purpose in the 21st century and capable of responding to the changing environment.
Management, conservation and development of wild fisheries to maximise the sustainable benefit of Scotland’s wild fish resources to the country as a whole and particularly to rural areas is another area of focus.
Andrew Thin, former head of Scottish Natural Heritage, is chairing the Review which is expected to report its recommendations to Scottish Ministers after the summer.
The Review panel will also include Jane Hope and Michelle Francis.
It will be supported by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) drawn from Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and also the Institute of Fisheries Management.
Mr Allard commented: “The Wild Fisheries Review is an important undertaking towards ensuring that Scotland’s world-famous fisheries are properly managed and protected for years to come.
“I’m delighted that the Review panel is meeting with local representatives on Deeside to discuss the particular needs of this fishery.
“I would encourage those taking part – anglers, environmentalists and interested parties – to engage with the review in a positive cooperative spirit.
“Freshwater fisheries are big business for the North-east.
‘‘The Dee fishery alone is supporting 500 full-time equivalent jobs in the Deeside economy.”