Green MSP backs controversial HPMAs

A Green MSP has said a controversial policy to designate 10 per cent of Scottish waters as highly protected marine areas (HPMAs) will “benefit fish, fishers and communities”.

Ariane Burgess – who caused a furore among the local industry last month after saying fishing was in decline – has claimed HPMAs will allow “nature to recover and thrive”.

Fishing leaders have warned ministers HPMAS, which are under consultation, could have a catastrophic impact on the industry.

And the Shetland Fishermen’s Association are holding drop-in sessions today (Tuesday) and tomorrow to help people oppose the policy.

Ms Burgess has said however that “the evidence is clear” that the areas “benefit fish, fishers and communities”.

“A hectare of protected no-take zone produces five times the quantity of fish of unprotected areas,” she said.

“So HPMAs offer an opportunity to benefit both fishers and fish, as well as providing much-needed protected habitat to enable nature to recover and thrive.”

 The Scottish government consultation is open until 17th April.


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  • Kenneth Ross

    • March 22nd, 2023 16:13

    Can they produce any realistic scientific evidence?
    Complete fabrication.
    Don’t think your Green SMP is working for the good of the people of Shetland.

  • James Vanko

    • March 22nd, 2023 19:38

    Not from Shetland or the western isles, I feel that this person needs to realise that after she puts the fishermen to the wall, how can it benefit the industry ? No fishing means no infrastructure, ie Shore based industries like engineering, ships stores,net makers and all other parts that makes it a viable community. Surely this so called intelligent woman can see this. Because once it goes it won’t come back again. The CFP proved that.
    James Vanko


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