Tripartite Working Group Initial intentions Birnam Proposals Project Manager’s Job Description RDO’s Job Description Issues Mapping Local Arrangements Sponsor Group/National Strategy Group
TWG –Initial Intentions • To develop and promote the implementation of measures for the:- • a) restoration and maintenance of healthy stocks of wild and farmed fish • b) regeneration of wild salmon and sea trout stocks • To propose arrangements at local and national level for taking above forward and to ensure that this work is reflected in planning guidelines and framework plans
TWG Birnam Proposals • The overall aims of TWG from now on will be:- • Positive resolution managing the interaction between two industries • Rolling out best practice • Drawing up restoration plans and evaluating them (restoration work is for others to carry out) • Communications • Linking with MWGA and FFSG
TWG-Project Manager-Job Description • Overall management of TWG • Line Management of RDOs • Management of TWG budget • Attendance at MWGA and FFSG • Encourage co-operative working and sharing best practice • Encourage and develop internal and external communications • Act as facilitator when problems fail to be resolved at local level
TWG –RDO Job Description • Core Work • Act as local facilitator for the Regional Steering Group (RSG) and the Area Management Groups (AMGs) helping to solve problems • Act as main communications channel between RSG and AMGs and the Project Manager • Farm Site Visits: Target is two visits per farm--one prior to smolt run period and one prior to winter in preparation for low spring counts. Additional visits as necessary. • Visit riparian interests and fisheries trusts as required to foster good relations and talk over any issues that they may be having. • Sea Trout Sampling: Usually carried out in May/June/July but programme to be agreed with Steering Group • Site and sampling visits will be agreed with Steering Group in February/March • Provide administrative support to AMGs as required. Organise and attend meetings • Meet with other RDOs to discuss problems and share best practice in both wild and farmed sectors • Meet with Project Manager as required • Attend RSG meetings to agree work programme and assess previous work programmes • Produce news releases on local TWG topics that have agreement of RSG/AMGs • Assist in Restoration activity (with PM and RSG approval) • Monitor budget and spend for own area and alert Project Manager to any potential overspend. Target is to complete work programme and TWG expenses within total budget agreed. • Edit TWG website for own area • Reports • Produce regular reports for Project Manager on current issues that can be incorporated into his reports for MWGA and Freshwater Fisheries Forum • Produce Sea trout sampling Report each October and log on web site • Produce annual reports for each AMA by April • Produce report for each AMA meeting
TWG—Sphere of influence TWG Spheres of Influence Facilitate effective sustainable local partnerships to:- a. Promote good practice in wild fishery management b. Secure sustainable west coast fisheries c. Share good practice on management, monitoring d. Publicity and information flows
TWG--Communications • Communications • Information flows from AMGs to TWG and vica versa • Statistics & reports on lice and catch data and sharing best practice • TWG web site • Involvement of RDOs and FRS
TWG—Who is responsible for What? • Location of fish farms • Habitats for freshwater fisheries • Restoration • Medicines • Sea lice • Escapes • Farm management
TWG—Local Arrangements • Regional Steering Groups- • Agreeing work programmes with RDOs • Area Management Groups • Responsible for implementation of Area Management Agreements • RDO role as facilitator
TWG Proposed Improvement -Sponsor Group • A Sponsor Group representing Wild Fish, Aquaculture and Scottish Government interests could be a way to plug gap left by removal of plenary group. • Project manager could then concentrate more on liaising with RDOs to help solve local problems and deal with financial issues.
Structure and Operation of TWG • How should AMGs, RSGs, RDOs and PM fit together? • What support should there be for PM? • Where do SG policy teams fit in? • Is there a role for a national forum—if so what form should it take and who should serve on it? • How should disputes within an AMG be resolved?
Communications • Better use of TWG web site • Reports from and to AMGs • Publicity • Confidentiality • Analysis and release of lice data
Operational Issues • Synchronicity • Lice treatments • Firebreaks • Sea water to sea water transfers • Relocation issues • Planning issues • FRS Involvement