South of Scotland SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has been challenged by Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray to reveal how much she knew of the Scottish Governments plans to put a blanket ban on catching and taking salmon in the region.
The SNP MSP criticised the Annan Common Good sub-committee after it agreed on May 26th to introduce an annual quota of 150 salmon for haaf netters in Annan. However proposed plans from the SNP Government in Edinburgh would mean a zero tolerance on taking salmon in the region for every fishing method for at least one year.
Joan McAlpine MSP previously informed local papers that she was calling on the Scottish Government’s Environment Minister Aileen McLeod MSP, whom she shares her constituency office with, to intervene in the Annan net fishing debate.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“This ban by the Scottish Government on catching and taking salmon won’t only affect the haaf netters in Annan, it will ban the taking of salmon caught by every fishing method right across our region. Joan McAlpine was quick to attack a locally introduced quorum when it was announced. She now needs to explain how much she knew about this blanket ban being introduced by her party, and when she was told. Because the truth is that she was either negligent of the fact that her close colleague was planning on introducing this ban, which I find hard to believe considering she was calling for the Environment Minister’s intervention just a couple of months ago, or she has been extremely busy covering up the truth of this blatant attack on fishermen right across our region. It seems the web has well and truly caught up with Joan.”