Monday 15 April 2024
 7.4°C   SE Gentle Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Letters / ‘Scandalous dereliction in the duty’

Our new first minister of Scotland was recently reported to have stated that he is not going to throw the workers in the Northeast on the scrap heap; but this statement apparently doesn’t apply to those involved in the fishing industry, as our SNP and Green Party Scottish Government is presently selling off vast areas of our fishing grounds to companies in overseas countries for wind farm development.

We are now also aware that they have additional proposals in place to introduce a number of highly protected marine areas in our Scottish waters which would exclude all forms of fishing in vast areas of what was once our UK nations fishing grounds.

Those fishing grounds are crucial to the survival of fishing communities all around the Scottish coastline.

These actions make it appear that our government are on a mission to wipe out what’s left of the Scottish fishing industry altogether, as this would exclude what’s left of Scotland’s fishing fleets from enormous sea areas containing the valuable assets that have sustained life in our islands and coastal communities for hundreds if not thousands of years.

This situation was recently exacerbated by an agreement made during the Brexit negotiations by the then UK prime minister Boris Johnson; in the guise of taking back control of our nations fishing grounds.

However, reality shows it had the opposite effect with an even larger fleet of EU fishing vessels now being allowed to benefit from the marine assets in the waters surrounding our nation.

Anyone with a suspicious mind might now be thinking that the partnership presently in governance of our country is perhaps being influenced by another organisation from overseas. One that may be on a mission to wipe out what’s left of our nations fishing industry, thus leaving all of our traditional fishing grounds for the benefit of fishing fleets from other nations.

Our Scottish Government’s apparent attitude towards the peripheral fisheries dependant population of Scotland is nothing short of a scandalous dereliction in the duty and should be highlighted and opposed at every opportunity until this appalling and devastating course of action is reversed.

William Polson
Whalsay

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.