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Rural Businesses Beat A Path To Fisheries Management Event

The findings of the Scottish Government commissioned Wild Fisheries Review, and how it affects businesses, will be at the forefront of an event organised on the banks of the River Tweed by Scottish Land & Estates.

‘Fisheries Management – Bordering on Excellence’ is a demonstration day organised by the landowners organisation in association with sponsors Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. The event will be held on Wednesday 22 October at the Tillmouth Park Country House Hotel, Cornhill-on-Tweed and is open to everyone – members and non-members – with an interest in fisheries management.

During the day a range of leading industry figures will outline the practicalities of running a commercial fishing beat, responsibilities and obligations, opportunities, advertising, legalities and updates on current developments. The event will also touch on fisheries science and management, catch and release best practice, environmental habitat as well as the legal aspects of commercial fisheries management.

With the kind permission of the owners, delegates will also be given a guided tour of the Tillmouth fishing beat. Tillmouth is one of the largest beats on the river Tweed with fishing available for up to six rods incorporating four miles of prime salmon and sea trout fishing.

Among the speakers will be Peter Misselbrook, Consultant, Rural Property & Business at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, who will provide an update on the recently released Report of the Wild Fisheries Review Panel. Peter will explain the changes set out in the report and what impact this is likely to have on angling businesses and the customers they serve.

Mark Cockburn, chief executive of leading online international fishing marketing company FishPal, will explain how FishPal operates and the impact the company is having on the fishing world by providing an unrivalled level of service for fishery owners and their customers using their latest on-line technology and communication methods

Joining Peter and Mark will be Sam Thompson, a passionate angler and fishing writer who will provide details on catch and release best practice.

Nick Yonge, chief executive of the River Tweed Commission and the Tweed Foundation, will follow Sam with a look at the regulation of fisheries and the prevention of illegal fishing on Tweed as well as moves to encourage wider participation in angling.

Nick will be joined by Luke Comins from the Tweed Forum who will discuss the work of the forum in protecting and enhancing the habitat before Ewan Harris from Smiths Gore provides a history of the Tillmouth Estate prior to the afternoon tour of the Tillmouth Fishings.

Peter Misselbrook, Consultant, Rural Property & Business at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, said: “With the Wild Fisheries Review recently published, this event provides a good opportunity to set the recommendations in context for those in the industry. There will be a review of the report and an opportunity to consider what the report tells us about the underlying thinking of the Review Panel in making its recommendations. We will now need to wait and see how the Scottish Government wish to take forward the recommendations but this meeting will give ample opportunity to discuss what the future might hold in terms of new legislation and regulatory practices.”

Sarah-Jane Laing, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We looking forward to a terrific event where some of the leading experts on fisheries management will share their views on the industry with those already involved in fishing and those looking to take their first steps to getting involved in the sector.

“Developments in the wild fishing sector continue apace, not least with the independent review commissioned by the Scottish Government that was published earlier this month. That contains some important recommendations and this event will provide an insight for those in the sector about how the likely changes will impact upon them. Angling alone is acknowledged to be worth £134 million to the Scottish economy and it plays a huge role in the rural economy so it is vitally important that businesses keep abreast of the latest industry developments.

“Overall, it has never been easier for young people and novices to pick up a rod and this ease of access presents ample opportunities for rural businesses to develop their offering in the sector. We hope that the event will also be informative in this regard and encourage more businesses and individuals to become involved in wild fishing.”

Attendance at the event costs £15.00 per person and bookings can be made by phoning Scottish Land & Estates on 0131 653 5400.

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