Members of the independent Committee set up by The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) to examine the issues underlying the crisis in the Scottish Fishing Industry is to take evidence from a broad range of organisations connected with the industry in Shetland. Six members of the Committee will take evidence in private on Tuesday 30 September.
A Media Question & Answer Session will be held at The Shetland Seafood Centre on Tuesday 30th September 12.50-1.10 to which you are cordially invited. Still or TV pictures may be taken at this time.
The Independent RSE Committee’s Programme: Tuesday 30 September - the Shetland Seafood Centre
9.15 – 10.15 Shetland Ocean Alliance (Mr Alexander J Cluness)
10:15 - 11.15 Shetland Fishermen's Association/Shetland Fish Processor's Association (Mr Hansen Black/Mr Brian Isbister)
11:15 - 12.00 Shetland Fish Processor's Association (Miss Ruth Henderson)
12:00 - 12.45 Shetland Salmon Farmers' Association (Mr David Sandison)
12.45 - 2.00 The North Atlantic Fisheries College for lunch.
12.50 - 1.10 Media Question & Answer Session
Two members of the Committee will then visit the fish processing factory in Whalsay, the pier and boats, followed by a short tour of Whalsay, before meeting with the Shetland fishing SOS group.
The others in the group will remain at the North Atlantic Fisheries College and have meetings and visits there:
2.00 - 3.00 Mr John Goodlad (Buckland Fisheries Professor) and Mr Richard Slaski (Executive Director, The British Marine Finfish Association)
3.00 - 4.00 North Atlantic Fisheries College (Dr Lesley Ann McEvoy, Head of Marine Science & Technology)
4.00 - 5.00 Visit of the College
Notes for Editors:
Instigated by the Council of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and Chaired by the distinguished Biologist, Sir David Smith, The RSE’s independent inquiry seeks to identify what steps might be taken to secure the future of the fishing industry in Scotland. The Inquiry’s principal objective is to make an assessment of the extent to which controls imposed on the Scottish fishing industry are scientifically robust. Scotland has the largest part of the United Kingdom’s sea fishing industry and many of Scotland’s more remote communities, especially around the North East coast and in Shetland, are heavily dependent on it for their livelihood. Concerns over declining fish stocks, especially of cod, have led to severe restrictions being imposed under the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and concerns exist over the long-term viability of the Scottish fishing industry. The Committee met for the first time on Tuesday 27 May 2003 at The Royal Society of Edinburgh 22-26 George Street Edinburgh and is expected to reach its conclusions by Christmas 2003, when its findings and recommendations will be made widely available.
The membership of the Committee, with expertise in marine biology, fish stocks, environmental issues, statistical modelling, social science, business and economics includes:
Sir David Smith FRS FRSE, (Chairman) former Principal and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh University and former President of Wolfson College, Oxford
Professor Ian Boyd FRSE, Director of the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews
Professor Stephen Buckland, Professor of Statistics and Director of the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, University of St. Andrews
Mr Edward Cunningham CBE FRSE, Chairman, Business Options Ltd
Professor Gavin McCrone CB FRSE, Professor in Business Studies, University of Edinburgh
Dr Malcolm MacGarvin Environmental Consultant & Company Director
Professor Alasdair McIntyre CBE FRSE, Former Chief Scientific Officer, DAFS Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen
Professor Monty Priede FRSE, Professor of Zoology, University of Aberdeen
Professor Randolph Richards, Director of the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
Mr David Symes, formerly Fisheries Management & European Policy, University of Hull
The remit of the inquiry includes:
The Committee has welcomed written evidence from informed organisations and individuals on the following questions:
The Chair and Members of the RSE’s independent Committee are giving their time to the work of the Inquiry voluntarily, without any charge. The RSE acknowledges financial donations towards the Inquiry from:
Other Independent RSE Inquiries
Other recent independent Inquiries undertaken by the RSE include:
Inquiry into Foot & Mouth Disease in Scotland - July 2002
The Scientific Issues Surrounding the Control of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) in Scotland – June 2002
Encouraging Resolution: Mediating Patient/Health Service Disputes in Scotland – June 2002.