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Days gone by – 1996

Looking very smart back in 1996 were the competitors at the Mòd from Rockfield Primary School.

MacPhail

ANGUS MACPHAIL

angusmacphail@yahoo.co.uk

THIS week’s article is a response to a submission on the letters page of the latest edition of An Tirisdeach (the local Tiree newspaper).

In it, the authors, James and Linda Laikie from Gourock, protested against the fishing operations of a boat recently bought by Coinneach MacKinnon of Hillcrest, Tiree.

The arrogance and ignorance of the content, coupled with the supercilious tone in which it was delivered, places this letter as a shining example of the very worst traits of anti-fishing lobbyists, and a good indicator as to why there is such deep distrust of environmental groups by the fishing industry.

The issues created by such strong opinions based on lack of knowledge are, of course, not limited to Tiree, but are a threat to populations across all fishing communities.

Conservation of stock and stewarding of marine resources is in everyone’s interests, but bystanders willing to devastate fishermen’s livelihoods on the whim of passionate ignorance are a danger to fragile coastal communities.

One of the main reasons why I object to any proposals for creating protected areas of sea and coastline, such as MPAs and SPAs is that once they are designated, it gives this type of person with an unbalanced and uneducated perspective a high degree of direct control over economies and populations in which they have no anthropological interest.

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