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Tay River protection order to remain

17/12/1998

Following recent improvements to access for public angling on the River Tay, the Government announced today that the Tay River Protection Order will remain in place.

This follows a consultation exercise on the Government's intention to revoke the Order made under the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976. The Government has noted that as a result of the efforts of the Tay Liaison Committee, the public access lost has been reinstated: 86 per cent of the river and loch is now open to public access, compared with the 81 per cent promised at the time the Order was originally approved.

The situation will continue to be monitored closely.

BACKGROUND

1. On 5 June 1998, the Government announced its intention to revoke the Tay Protection Order made under the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976. This followed concerns that access for public angling had been withdrawn in a number of areas.

2. 774 responses were received. 766 supported retention of the Order and eight advocated revocation.

3. Protection Orders are granted in response to proposals from owners or occupiers of freshwater fishing rights. In return for statutory protection to their fisheries, fishery owners are required to demonstrate that a significant increase in the availability of fishing for freshwater fish within the area proposed will arise. There are 13 Orders currently in operation.

4. The announcement was made by Scottish Office Minister Calum MacDonald in response to a Parliamentary Question from Mr Jim Swinney MP (North Tayside).

News Release: 2677/98
17 December 1998