Thu 13 Jan, 2022

Scottish Greens have welcomed the removal of exemptions for dredging and trawling in the Firth of Clyde which would have threatened Cod spawning grounds.

For years these exemptions have allowed bottom-trawling and scallop dredging to continue uninterrupted during the closed period designed to allow fish stocks to recover, in stark contrast to other seasonal protections for cod spawning grounds. These exemptions have now been removed.

Commenting, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

“Fisheries protection must be led by the science, and its clear that this decision is the right one if we are to recover cod populations and protect our environment.

"For too long fish stocks have been allowed to decline and destructive practices like trawling and dredging have been allowed to cause damage in an area that is supposedly closed during the spawning season for the benefit of cod conservation.

“We still need to do so much more to recover Cod stocks and secure the sustainable stewardship of our seas. This shift is a small but important first step towards a more sustainable model for fisheries and effective protections and restoration of our marine habitats, in line with the agreement made between the Scottish Greens and Scottish Government.”

Get involved

More like this

‘Sickening’ Shell profits underline urgent need for shift to renewables

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

The sickening scale of oil and gas company profits underlines the urgent need to shift to renewables, say the Scottish Greens.

This comes as Shell has announced 2022 profits of $40 billion, reportedly a 115 year record.

The Scottish Greens energy and environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Many will be sickened and angry by the obscene level of profits reported by Shell and the other oil and gas giants, who have enriched themselves at the cost of our planet. 

Success of free travel for Under 22s driving force for more bus routes

Tue 31 Jan, 2023

The successful uptake in free bus travel, rolled out to Under 22 year-olds (U22s) in Scotland over the past year, can be the driving force for expanding local routes, say the Scottish Greens on the first anniversary of its launch. . 

The Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said the numbers of young people getting on board with greener bus travel is making an “irrefutable case” that there is sustainable demand for good, reliable local services. 

New oil licences would be disastrous for our environment

Tue 17 Jan, 2023

If the UK government allows new oil and gas drilling in the North Sea it will be disastrous for our environment, say the Scottish Greens.

The warning comes as the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), which regulates the sector, has announced that a total of 115 bids have been received from 76 companies, covering 258 “blocks” of the sea.

The NSTA has said that the bids will now be studied and those that go ahead could begin production in as little as 18 months.