Leader, January 21 2022

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Clyde closure shock

People from across the political spectrum have reacted with shock to the Scottish Government’s announcement of a complete 11-week closure of the Clyde cod box.

Kintyre and the Islands councillor Alastair Redman, Independent, described the move as a ‘betrayal’ while South Kintyre councillor John Armour, SNP, said he was ‘dismayed’ to hear about the ‘draconian measures’.

Councillor Armour described it as a ‘slap in the face’ to the fishing industry and Clyde Fishermen’s Association which has gone ‘far beyond’ what was required of it over the last 20 years and more.

Jenni Minto MSP, also SNP, was due to meet with the Cabinet Secretary on Wednesday to relay the concerns of Argyll’s fishing communities and she said she would be asking for a full breakdown of the science which led to the decision.

And Argyll and Bute Council leader, Kintyre and the Islands councillor Robin Currie, Liberal Democrats, has written to the Scottish Government in support of local fishing industry representatives who have shared with him their ‘significant concerns’.

Surely with Argyll’s political leaders united in their opposition to the full closure, without exemptions, along with the public outcry since the news was announced, the ministers responsible will be forced to reconsider this potentially industry-ending decision.