Western Isles Council leaders have called for a rapid roll-out of a pilot project where greylag goose meat is being made available for public sale throughout Scotland.
The project is initially being implemented in Orkney, but Comhairle nan Eilean Siar wants it expanded to other island areas.
Councillors have also urged ministers to find a permanent solution that will facilitate the effective management of the greylag goose population alongside an active and thriving crofting sector.
Councillor Donald Crichton, chairman of the sustainable development committee, said: “The Comhairle has supported local goose management groups in the islands in the past, recognising the severe detrimental impact that excessive numbers can have on crofting.
“Sale of goose meat outwith the Islands has been argued for before and, whist this is only a time-limited relaxation of the rules, it shows that it is possible.
“As funding for goose management is being run down, it is imperative that appropriate management schemes are developed.
“Access to a Scotland-wide market for wild goose meat is one way of helping secure a future sustainable balance between active crofting and Greylag Geese population.”