Published date

March 2004

The Scottish Fishing Industry

A secure and sustainable future for the Scottish Fishing Industry is achievable, but not without a long-term view being taken and important changes being made both to policy and management. Continued social and economic hardship for parts of the industry and dependent communities is unfortunately inevitable, at least until stocks can be restored to sustainable levels. This is the view of the independent expert committee set up by The RSE in the first major investigation undertaken into the future of the Scottish Fishing Industry.

The full inquiry can be found here: The Scottish Fishing Industry


Sir David Smith FRS FRSE, (Chairman) former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University and former
President of Wolfson College, Oxford

Professor Ian Boyd FRSE, Director of the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews

Professor Stephen Buckland, Professor of Statistics and Director of the Centre for Research into Ecological and
Environmental Modelling, University of St. Andrews

Mr Edward Cunningham CBE FRSE, Chairman, Business Options Ltd

Professor Gavin McCrone CB FRSE, (Vice-Chairman) Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh Management School

Dr Malcolm MacGarvin, Environmental Consultant & Company Director

Professor Alasdair McIntyre CBE FRSE, Former Chief Scientific Officer, DAFS Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen

Professor Monty Priede FRSE, Professor of Zoology, University of Aberdeen

Professor Randolph Richards, Director of the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling

Mr David Symes, Reader Emeritus, University of Hull