A new report produced by Marine Scotland Science suggests the Clyde supports significant quantities of fish and is demonstrating some signs of recovery from damaging human activities.
From a wide array of information sources, Marine Scotland identified that the total weight of white fish species in the Firth of Clyde – is now twice as great as in the 1930s and 1940s but to put that into perspective – 72 % of it is one species, whiting, and 85 % is less than the legal minimum landing size.
In a masterly piece of understatement, Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “The Firth of Clyde has been a rich and productive fishing ground for Scottish fishermen for hundreds of years, however intensive fishing in the 20th century has made an impact.”!!!!!!
But perhaps encouragingly he also said: “I believe the Clyde can once again be a national asset, however there are no quick fixes and that’s why the Scottish Government, alongside other stakeholders, will consider this report carefully.
“In the coming months we will engage widely – including with conservation bodies, fishermen and local communities – to agree on our shared vision for the future of the Clyde, and how we can ensure the Clyde once again sustainably meets the needs and aspirations of those who live and work in the area.”
Quite what the Clyde Fisherman’s Association will make of that, given their absolute reluctance to involve any body other than from the mobile commercial sector, is another question.