SCOTTISH fishermen's leaders and environment secretary Richard Lochhead have united in condemning a decision by the Isle of Man government to ban the bulk of Scotland's scallop trawlers from Manx waters.Not being affected by EU fishing "guidelines" and also as self-governing Crown Dependency, the Isle of Man is legally entitled to impose such restrictions; whether or not it morally justified to do so is obviously another question. However, the role of the UK ministers (plural?) mentioned here is a curious one.
The Manx authorities have introduced a bye-law that effectively prevents large Scottish boats from fishing in their traditional scallop grounds around the island.
Mr Lochhead said: "The Scottish Government believes the Isle of Man bye-law is unnecessary and unwarranted and I have been in contact with the Isle of Man fisheries minister - and UK ministers who gave the go-ahead - to make my concerns clear."
Why would their permission be required?