I was so pleased to hear that Councillor Feaver tries to attend as many meeting as possible so she can be kept up to date with local issues, like the number of seals around the Findhorn Bay where the river meets the sea. At the last count 629.
In the interest of local issues, and the desire for Cllr Feaver to be kept up to date with local issues, I would like to make her aware that the seal population continues to increase from year to year, while the Atlantic salmon is on the decline, down by 20 per cent in the last 30 years.
I feel that cllr Feaver would be better putting her efforts into an endangered species like the Atlantic salmon instead of the explosion of seals around our shores.
Perhaps the councillor would stop to consider the value of the Atlantic salmon to our local economy as folk from all over the world come to Scotland to fish for salmon in our famous rivers. They stay in hotels, bed and breakfasts and spend a great deal in this area alone.
She may also reect on the hundreds of folk that are employed throughout Scotland involved in salmon fishing that would have no jobs when there is no salmon.
I wonder how many folk book accommodation in the area to see the seals? I would suggest not many.
At one time, the River Findhorn had a hatchery to keep up the stock of salmon in the river. Many rivers still have a hatchery that has proved to be successful. Due to the fact that there are so many predators, like fish feeding ducks, that have also increased in recently years there is no hatchery on the Findhorn. The feeling is that we would only be feeding the ducks.
I just wonder who really is concerned about the King of fish?
Perhaps Mary Berry could make a seal pie. Who knows it may take off.
Donnie McBean, 42 Glenelg Road, Forres