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10 January 2021 16:36

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Non-League Marine AFC Have Binman In Their Squad For FA Cup Visit Of Tottenham Hotspur

Non-League sides and the FA Cup is a recipe for pure magic and today all eyes are on eighth-tier Marine AFC, who host Spurs in the third round at Rossett Park. Every year there's always weird and wonderful stories of the players playing in the lower echelons and in 2021 it's no different, with the Crosby outfit's entire squad part-time and needing a win to avoid being furloughed. Marine have completed the 'unprecedented' signing of Clitheroe player-manager David Lynch ahead of their FA Cup third round tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Clitheroe compete in the eighth-tier of the football pyramid alongside Marine and joint-manager Lynch has the opportunity to make history against Tottenham. Marine manager Neil Young said: "With new loans being very difficult to arrange at the moment and no league football after Sunday, I made an approach to Clitheroe to see if we could register David as a player for our cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur.

A club statement from Clitheroe added: "After an approach from Marine, the Clitheroe board agreed to release player-manager David Lynch for a period of 14 days to allow him to be involved in the FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham Hotspur. "We have an excellent relationship as a club with Marine, and their manager Neil Young has worked in the recent past with both David and with our director of football, Carl Garner. "Finally, as a league, we are very proud of the showcase that Marine can now provide to a wider audience of the quality of football at this level and we are very happy to play a small part in that." Why, it's the FA Cup third-round tie between Marine and Spurs. Marine are waiting nervously on the results of their second round of coronavirus testing to decide whether their FA Cup third-round tie with Tottenham can go ahead. Boss Neil Young has promised the players that have been involved in their historic run to what is the biggest mismatch in FA Cup history the chance to play against Spurs.

Marine Scotland has been accused of allowing "an environmental disaster" by mismanaging fishing and refusing to exclude trawlers from inshore areas where fishermen catch prawns. A report, due to be released on 11 January by the Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation (SCFF) – and seen by The Ferret – says that Marine Scotland's oversight of the inshore prawn sector has also destroyed thousands of Scottish jobs. The SCFF also claims the public body tasked with overseeing Scotland's fisheries is "partisan in support of nephrops [aka prawn and langoustine] trawler interests" and has misled the general public over prawn fishing. The SCFF report – Marine Scotland's Mismanagement of Scotland's Inshore Nephrops Fishery – calls for a ban on trawlers from areas that could be profitably exploited by creelers. "In other words, the exclusion of all nephrops trawlers from all creel areas," the SCFF says.

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation said there is "no evidence" that a three mile limit banning trawlers would improve sustainability or raise earnings in the creel fleet. It was backed by the Scottish White Fish Producers' Association which said a 2017 report into the prawn sector concluded that all sectors of the fishing industry played a part "in sustaining the coastal communities through production of Scottish nephrops". The Scottish Government, on behalf of Marine Scotland, said it was committed to supporting the Scottish sector and had established a new working group in November. The SCFF's report says live prawns or langoustines, known in the industry as nephrops, are a "high quality Scottish ambassadorial product" which is "by far" the most important for the inshore sector. Marine Scotland seems surprisingly unconcerned about a substantial proportion of a valuable Scottish natural resource being sold for £1,750 per liveweight tonne (as nephrops tails) or £5,000 (as whole nephrops), instead of £13,000 (as live langoustines)." The report continues: "With prevailing prices and costs, each tonne caught by trawlers rather than creelers is resulting in fewer Scottish vessels, fewer Scottish crew jobs, less industry profits, less vibrant coastal communities and reduced supply of a Scottish ambassadorial export product." SCFF says that Marine Scotland largely adopts a "hands-off" approach leaving fishermen to compete for seabed access.

Creel vessels have no countervailing threat, the report says, claiming that trawlers can operate a form of "de facto area management serving their best interests". Last year the SCFF mounted a legal challenge to Marine Scotland over its rejection of a proposal for a creel only pilot fishery in the inner sound of Skye. The SCFF also accuses Marine Scotland of failing to complete promised research and of using "incoherent results to mislead both the public and Scottish Ministers about the merits of the status quo". Alister Sinclair, national coordinator for the SCFF, told The Ferret "change must occur" to secure the future of Scotland's inshore fishery and marine coastal environment. Regarding the marine environment, the SCFF says trawlers dragging heavy gear along the seabed does enormous damage to "important complex habitats".

The report concluded that the competitiveness of the different fleet segments in Scotland is relatively well-balanced, with all sectors playing a part in sustaining the coastal communities. However, Mike Park of the Scottish White Fish Producers' Association, said: "We would highlight that, following a series of unfounded claims made by various groups, including the Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation, Anderson Solutions conducted a comprehensive analysis of Scotland's £80m nephrops sector – which is the biggest in the world – examining quota, weight and value of landings, and employment. "The report concluded that the competitiveness of the different fleet segments in Scotland is relatively well-balanced, with all sectors playing a part in sustaining the coastal communities through production of Scottish nephrops." The Scottish Fishermen's Federation insisted there was "no evidence" that a three-mile limit around Scotland's coastline banning fishing vessels with mobile gear would "improve sustainability or raise earnings in the creel fleet". "Our Future Fisheries Management Strategy sets out exciting policy initiatives for the next ten years, including for inshore fisheries, that will help protect the environment, strengthen local communities and support a strong, sustainable, and resilient fishing industry in Scotland.