Scottish fishermen’s leaders today called for both the UK and Scottish governments to appoint dedicated fisheries ministers to their cabinets.

As Prime Minister Theresa May visited Scotland and the two candidates for Conservative Party leader prepared for their hustings here tomorrow, SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said:

“In these uncertain times, it is vitally important that the interests of Scottish fishing communities receive full and focused attention.

“As we move to the next phase on Brexit, we are urging both governments to appoint individuals with knowledge and experience of the industry to dedicated cabinet-level ministerial posts.

“A fisheries agreement will require to be reached and trade talks will obviously be highly important in shaping the future of the sector.

“Ministers in Whitehall and Edinburgh who can give all their time to these vital discussions will be of enormous benefit in helping to secure the best post-Brexit arrangements possible.”