Fisheries Innovation Scotland is a unique partnership. We are an independent, non-profit-distributing organisation with the remit of bringing together fishermen, government, scientists, industry and other key stakeholders to lead an on-going programme of research, knowledge exchange and education concerned with the management of Scotland’s marine fisheries and related areas.
To provide information and support to our members, governments, public bodies and other organisations in order to inform fisheries policies and management.
To advance, and to encourage the advance of, expertise, science and management of and in relation to prosperous and environmentally sustainable fisheries in Scotland.
To establish, enable and encourage education, research and training relating to Scotland’s marine fisheries.
Wherever possible contribute to and enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of fisheries in and surrounding Scotland and elsewhere.
HOW FIS BEGAN
As part of its 2011 manifesto commitment, the Scottish Government pledged to investigate the potential of establishing a Scottish ‘Centre of Expertise for Fisheries Management’ to provide sound advice, based on applied research, to inform policy and practice in the management of Scottish fisheries.
The result, after extensive consultation with the fisheries sector, was the formation of Fisheries Innovation Scotland.
FIS has a range of members including representatives from the fishing industry, government organisations, processing and retail sectors, and environmental NGOs.
FIS is funded by its members, and has been supported by the Scottish Government, the European Fisheries Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
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Images Joanne Coates and Andrew Kearney.