Last chance to take part in our fisheries and climate change survey
UPDATE: The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to Tuesday 7 December. If you have an interest in Scottish fisheries and haven’t yet responded please complete the survey at https://bit.ly/ClimateFishScot
There is one week left to take part in our survey to help us understand how ready the Scottish fishing sector is to respond to the climate change challenge.
The survey launched during COP26 and runs until 30 November 2021. It is open to everyone with an interest in Scottish fisheries. So far we have received responses from a wide range of stakeholders representing the catching sector, processing and retail, environmental NGOs, regional groups and individual vessel owners.
The survey covers topics including emissions, alternative fuels, fishing gear and methods, blue carbon and asks the industry for information on climate change impacts it is already seeing and adaptions currently being made.
Responses to the survey will inform a workshop on climate change and fisheries which we will hold next year. This will help us to map out how we can support the Scottish fishing industry to respond to the climate crisis and move towards net zero. The approach is part of Scotland’s Fisheries Management Strategy which was published last year. Developed in partnership with key stakeholders, it is our action plan to support Scotland’s ambition to be a world class fishing nation and ensure responsible and sustainable fisheries management.
Commenting on the survey, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands Mairi Gougeon said:
Scotland’s fishing industry finds itself on the front line of climate change and facing serious challenges. We need to take action now to ensure that a sustainable fishing industry can survive into the future.
The Scottish Government is committed to working with the fishing sector to respond to the climate emergency and to ensure a just transition. This survey will help us to inform our future work on climate change mitigation and adaptation. I encourage everyone with an interest in Scottish fisheries to engage with this survey.