As an admittedly ill-informed reader of the original report in Fishing News that Pelagic (open-sea) catchers were angry about this, I thought why don’t Scottish fishing boats have to land all their catch in Scottish ports given that their owners benefit from the same economic infrastructure and services – roads, schools, hospitals and so on – as the rest of us. I take it bigger profits can be made landing your catch in foreign ports and using foreign processing plants. Consequently, a significant proportion of fish caught in Scottish waters are supporting the economies of other countries. Further, owners will have to have a least 50% of their crews resident in the UK. Again, referring back to the benefits of living in Scotland, I’m puzzled as to why owners are not obliged to have 100% or near that of their crews living in and paying taxes in Scotland.