Is Marine Scotland a waste of taxpayers' money ?
The Scottish fish catching sector employs around 4000 people and has an annual landing value of
just under £600 million (turnover, in other words).
Marine Scotland employs around 700 people and costs about £64 million (taxpayers' money) per annum.
So what do they all do ?
Why cannot we ban all scallop dredging and nephrops bottom trawling everywhere in Scottish
waters ? It would be simple to police - anyone with the gear could be convicted.