Fishing to be at heart of Brexit

Photo shows, left to right: Mike Park (Scottish White Fish Producers Association), Ian Gatt (Scottish Pelagic Fishermens Association), Rt Hon David Jones MP (Minister of State for Brexit), John Anderson (Scottish Fishermens Organisation), Simon Collins (Shetland Fishermens Association), Bertie Armstrong (Scottish Fishermens Federation), on the steps of 9 Downing Street.
Photo shows, left to right: Mike Park (Scottish White Fish Producers Association), Ian Gatt (Scottish Pelagic Fishermens Association), Rt Hon David Jones MP (Minister of State for Brexit), John Anderson (Scottish Fishermens Organisation), Simon Collins (Shetland Fishermens Association), Bertie Armstrong (Scottish Fishermens Federation), on the steps of 9 Downing Street.

A delegation of Scottish fishing industry leaders have launched the start of their campaign to ensure that fishing forms a fundamental part of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, describing it as ‘sea of opportunity’ for delivering a sustainable future.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) set out its aspirations for fishing following discussions with Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Rural Economy Secretary.

They also met with Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, and UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice.

The SFF also held discussions weekwith the Minister of State for Brexit, David Jones, and gave evidence at the House of Lords EU Committee as part of its short inquiry on Brexit.

Commenting on the series of meetings, SFF chief executive, Bertie Armstrong, said: “The strong unified message is that for fishing, the overwhelmingly positive balance of benefits of Brexit is plain to see.

“A successful outcome from the negotiations will mean that our coastal and island communities can look forward to a secure future in terms of jobs, economic activity and the sustainable production of a wonderful, sustainable natural resource.

“In short, the country has the potential to become a world leader in seafood production and exports.

“We regard it as a ‘sea of opportunity’ that must be grasped.”