Referring to a Scottish Government report published today, the UK Seafood Industries post-Brexit, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said:

“This report simply underlines the importance of the UK regaining sovereignty over its own waters and becoming an independent Coastal State with the powers to control access and fishing opportunity. For Scotland that could be worth an additional £540m in income and create 5,000 more jobs in the sector, it says.

“Any other course of action would be harmful to the fishing industry and, given its importance to coastal communities (again as highlighted in the report), that would be totally unacceptable.

“There are challenges ahead in securing these aims, of that there is no doubt. But in light of the potential bonanza, we would urge politicians of all parties to press both the UK and Scottish governments to work together to support the aims and objectives of the fishing industry.”

The full report can be seen here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00536121.pdf

The Scottish Government’s policy brief is here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00536203.pdf

The joint position of the SFF and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) is available here: https://www.sff.co.uk/sff-nffo-join-forces-push-best-brexit-deal/