The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today welcomed the White Paper on Sustainable Fisheries as a signal of intent from the UK Government to take back control of UK waters.

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The White Paper enshrines the important elements of a sustainable future for our industry: allowing the UK to become an independent Coastal State, to take charge of who catches what and where, and to resist any attempt to link access to our waters to access to EU markets.

“Importantly, it also moves towards a system under which we can catch much more of our own natural resource, known as zonal attachment.

“We have been arguing for these key points consistently since the referendum in June 2016.

“Of course, there is a long way to go, and we now need our governments to show real backbone in the Brexit negotiations to ensure that these aspirations become reality.”