Commenting on the appointment of Fergus Ewing as the new Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for fishing (Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“We welcome the appointment of the new Minister and are pleased that this new cabinet position is focused on Scotland’s rural economy, of which fishing plays such an important part.

“There will be many pressing issues facing the minister, not least the phased introduction of the discard ban where it is essential that practicable and flexible management measures are put in place to prevent any negative impacts on the Scottish fleet.

We would also like to see evidence-based decision-making at the heart of future fisheries management, for example in the designation and management of Marine Protected Areas.

Scottish fishing has a great future – all we need is the right regulatory framework to ensure we meet its full potential. Indeed, in the past the most effective management decisions have always come when government and industry work together.”