When we went down to the Scottish Parliament to give evidence to the RACCE committee it was in support of a petition put forward by Torridon Nephrops Management Group to try to get government to legislate on a gentlemen’s agreement which was slowly unravelling. That is to cap effort within a creel only zone and also to extend the zone so as to relieve some of the “honey pot” effect of even more creels coming into a limited area. The Committee has decided to keep the petition open for more discussion, research and views which has to been seen as a positive move in that they have not closed it down or dismissed it. This along with creel numbers linked to spatial management does seem to shine a little light on our declining fishery. Got an email at the end of last week giving me the details of a hake long-line and where they used to fish in the 60s. Maybe just maybe this will be the future again and open up anew but better controlled industry of sea angling and supplying west coast hotels with west coast fish. This would have the added benefit of relieving pressure on the langoustine stocks. Marine Scotland, our civil servant overlord, has conducted a survey and there is a desire to cap limits on creel numbers but not to see their livelihood towed away by the mobile sector. In the MS response to the petition they have stated that they have commissioned an independent review of inshore fisheries management and creel only zones will be part of this and will be reporting in October.
Mid morning the Varuna came alongside for a wash and anode replacement.
Generally it is pretty clean as I had it copper bottomed by Stevie and Fred at the Kishorn Yard, three years ago now. There is a bit of moss/grass growth but no mussels or barnacles, only on the propeller and keel which is probably the knot of speed I was losing.
Great benefit is I do not have to anti foul so it is just a matter of waiting for the tide and away we go.
A pleasant hour and a half spent in the garden weeding and seeding some more carrots, lettuce, rocket and lettuce. Garden looking nice and wild, a few bumble bee clinging on to the ox eyes and aquilegia probably done in by yesterdays poor weather. This evening and most days it is noisy with bees and feels great. It certainly is not a suburban one and would probably be told off for taking the value of the neighbours property down!
Passed Judith in her mountain gear heading for Ardban with Robert and brother, Chris…recovery continues.
And with a little interlude to help a damsel in distress by changing her flat it was off down the road to take the Varuna back out to the moorings.An hour tidying up some of my rubbish and float off tied up and home for a quick shower before heading out to the Walled Garden for a meal with Kenny and Richard to discuss the response to the Petition and a chat about the Friday’s IFG meeting. Very handy having some one like Richard who has a wealth of knowing political systems and the language and how to respond in appropriate terms. Garden was looking great, in particular the lavender,
and fine sets of antlers were on display in the field by the Big House drive.
Full on day despite not fishing or at the Inn.