North West IFG Executive Committee Meeting 18 May 2009 2.30 – 4.30 The Glen Mhor Hotel, Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SG Minutes Present David Lovie Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association Duncan MacInnes Western Isles Fishermen’s Association Peter Davidson Highlands and Islands Fishermen’s Association Alan Coghill Orkney Fisheries Association John Hermes Scallop Association, Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association Neil Robertson Non-Affiliated member Bill Ellis Scottish Government Marine Scotland Alison Stalker Scottish Government Marine Scotland Rod Cappell Poseidon Fiona Nimmo Royal Haskoning Apologies Derek Duthie Scottish Pelagiac Fishermen’s Association Sandy Ritchie Anglo-Scottish Fishermen’s Association Hugh MacPherson Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association Alistair Sinclair Scottish Creeler’s and Divers Association Patrick Stewart Clyde Fishermen’s Association 1. Welcome, introductions and apologies 1.1 John Hermes, Chair, welcomed all to the meeting. Rod Cappell from Poseidon and Fiona Nimmo from Royal Haskoning were introduced. Apologies were received from Derek Duthie, Sandy Ritchie, Hugh MacPherson, Alistair Sinclair and Patrick Stewart. 2. Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising 2.1 Minutes of the meeting of the North West IFG Executive Committee on 18 May 2009 – approved by Neil Robertson (NR) and seconded by Peter Davidson (PD). 2.2 It was reported that 2 Lochs Radio had provided some news coverage on the IFG meetings. All agreed that local media should be used more often to raise awareness of the IFGs and future meetings. 2.3 Bill Ellis (BE) explained that the sifting for the Local Coordinators would take place on Thursday 4 June, with interviews being held provisionally between 30 June and 2 July. Sifting for Chair will be held shortly. 2.4 BE explained that a compromise proposal for travel and subsistence (T&S) for the first 3 meetings had been accepted. 2.5 Those members of the ExCom who had submitted comments about the issues in the area prior to the meeting were thanked. These comments had been forwarded to Poseidon. 3. Presentation on Management Planning by Poseidon followed by discussion 3.1 Rod Cappell from Poseidon introduced himself and his company as the consultants contracted to support pilot IFGs with compiling a model fisheries management plan. He introduced Fiona Nimmo from Royal Haskoning who would be supporting the process. 3.2 It was emphasised that Poseidon were contracted to produce a model management plan to suit all the pilot IFGs, but would not write the North West IFG management plan itself. This was the responsibility of the North West IFG and the local coordinator in particular. Poseidon would talk to the IFG Executive Committee members and would produce a scoping exercise to identify local issues. A management plan would have to be supported by data either existing or identify further data requirements, and ensure each objective fitted within the high level objectives for Scotland. It was agreed that Anne McLay from Marine Scotland Science should be invited to the next North West IFG meeting. 3.3 Rod and Fiona led a discussion about the local areas issues under the headings of Stock Management, Sector Management, Marketing Support and Data Requirements. Members of the ExCom submitted ideas for these which were discussed as a group and explored on different levels according to what has happened in the past, what scientific evidence was already available, local fishing knowledge of stocks and activity. 3.4 The discussion that followed included the following points: Substantial resources would be needed for IFG management proposals, and also for enforcement and science requirements. Creel effort across the fishery and the issue of intensity of effort in specific areas versus sustainability needs addressing. Creel limits need to be supported by scientific evidence and improvements in enforcement. Research on creel design needs to be undertaken – mesh size/escape panels. Harbour charges and mooring fees – where shore facilities don’t exist, IFGs could take responsibility for their establishment. Community Involvement/Cooperative Scheme – The possibility of cooperative catch transportation lorries similar to cooperative fuel system was discussed. Need to encourage more interest in local products. The group could consider how to get shorter marketing routes to meet local demand. When discussing more national issues, form a joint IFG grouping at national level, rather than SIFAG. Create more promotional opportunities. Lot of holiday/second homes in the North of Scotland which are disconnected from the community and the local fishing industry. Re-establish links between these parties. Important to chart where the fish are in each area and where everyone does and doesn’t fish. In order to this, it is important to establish a good working relationship with Marine Scotland Science and environmental agencies. 3.6 Fiona and Rod will contact members of the ExCom as part of their information gathering. They emphasised that consideration of the key issues was needed: it was important that IFG Executive Committee members consider what the priorities were for the local area and work upon those that could be developed. 3.7 The next meeting will take place when both the Local Coordinator and Chair are in post. Poseidon will present a first draft of the model management plan and the results of round up of local issues. 4. AOB 4.1 After 12 months, the IFGs will be reviewed, including the issue of boundaries. 5. Date of Next Meeting 5.1 2:30pm on Thursday 27 August in Inverness was agreed upon. Details will be confirmed nearer to the time, by which point the new Local Coordinator and Chair will be in place.