Calls for fisheries certainty

The UK Government should focus fully on current fisheries needs and priorities, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has said ahead of a meeting with the UK Fisheries Minister and representatives from the devolved administrations and industry.


Fri, 10 Nov 2017


Scottish Government

The meeting will discuss the approach to the December Council which will set out the industry’s fish quotas for 2018. Mr Ewing said:

“Against a backdrop of complex science and lack of agreement by the Coastal States on some stocks, there is no doubt that this year’s fisheries negotiations will be difficult.

“This meeting is an opportunity to show that we are all fully focussed on the needs and interests of our respective fishing industries. I will be fighting to get the strongest possible outcome for Scotland.

“There is no doubt that the continued uncertainty and lack of clarity about what the future holds is uppermost in Ministerial and stakeholders’ minds.  That has been compounded by the UK Government’s confusion on what the transition period post Brexit might mean for fisheries.

“The UK needs to come clean and share its future plans with us. I hope we can all focus on these vital current negotiations. Scotland’s fishing industry – both onshore and offshore – is currently in good economic health.  I want to ensure that this continues.”


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