Leader, March 18 2022

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For cod’s sake help our fishing community

So the Scottish Government remains adamant in its decision to ban creelers from the Clyde for the next two months or so.

We’re not talking North Sea trawlers here that can go elsewhere in the interim. We’re talking about small family businesses whose livelihoods depend on them setting their creels in the Clyde.

Many have invested heavily in their boats and equipment and have no other options available to them but to sit it out.

Many employees of Dawnfresh Seafoods were brought to their knees recently after being denied a week’s wages. Our creel fishermen are having to survive 11 weeks.

Financial compensation is a must and government ministers should now make it a priority to offer this. Before irreversible harm is done.

Altruism at its best

Much has already been said about the rallying of our community to come to the aid of the people fleeing their homes in war-torn Ukraine.

But we will keep on saying it.

This week it was the efforts from our youngest inhabitants that shone through. From collecting donations to making, drawing and writing messages of hope to their European peers.

Keep up the good work, everyone.