A delegation of Scottish fishing industry leaders today (7 September) launched the start of their campaign to ensure that fishing forms a fundamental part of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, describing it as ‘sea of opportunity’ for delivering a sustainable future.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) set out its aspirations for fishing following discussions last week with Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Rural Economy Secretary, and then yesterday (6 September) with Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, and UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice. The SFF also met today with the Minister of State for Brexit, David Jones, and gave evidence at the House of Lords EU Committee as part of its short inquiry on Brexit.
Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: “The strong unified message is that for fishing, the overwhelmingly positive balance of benefits of Brexit is plain to see. A successful outcome from the negotiations will mean that our coastal and island communities can look forward to a secure future in terms of jobs, economic activity and the sustainable production of a wonderful, sustainable natural resource. In short, the country has the potential to become a world leader in seafood production and exports. We regard it as a ‘sea of opportunity’ that must be grasped.”
Photo shows, left to right: Mike Park (Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association), Ian Gatt (Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association), Rt Hon David Jones MP (Minister of State for Brexit), John Anderson (Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation), Simon Collins (Shetland Fishermen’s Association), Bertie Armstrong (Scottish Fishermen’s Federation), on the steps of 9 Downing Street.