Scottish public would support restrictions on commercial fishing

THE Scottish public would support restrictions on commercial fishing if it was necessary to protect marine ecology, a new survey has revealed.

The poll was commissioned by the Wildlife Trust to examine public attitudes to our coastal waters. It found that a majority of Scots questioned – 87 per cent – placed the conservation of sea life over commercial fishing, and supported the imposition of restrictions on where it could take place.

The poll was commissioned by the Wildlife Trust to examine public attitudes to our coastal waters. It found that a majority of Scots questioned – 87 per cent – placed the conservation of sea life over commercial fishing, and supported the imposition of restrictions on where it could take place.

Most felt the health of the marine environment, both in terms of sea life and water quality, was extremely important.

However, of the 1,200 people questioned, more than two-thirds thought there are fewer fish in the sea than 20 years ago.

Dr Becky Boyd, marine policy officer for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said the survey was "unexpectedly positive".

She added: "One of the new factors coming out of this is there's so much support for marine reserves.

"I think that's an important message given our current political situation in Scotland."

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