MSP warns over marine reserve

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has backed fishermen in opposing plans for a marine reserve around Rockall.

Scottish Natural Heritage has tried to calm Barra fishermen's fears that their livelihoods will be affected by creating the reserve round the island.

But in his official response to the consultation, Dr Allan said the economic impact study noted that a quarter of people of working age in Barra were in occupations related to fishing and that, in 2009, the total value of landings there was 1.6 million.

"This highlights the massive effect which such a marine designation could potentially have on Barra," he added.

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