Funding boost for Fraserburgh Harbour

Fraserburgh Harbour is set to receive more than £500,000 from a Scottish Government fund after losing income from landing fees due to the disruption caused by Brexit.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:15 am
Fraserburgh Harbour is set to receive funding to carry out improvements and repairs. Photo © Richard Webb (cc-by-sa/2.0)

It’s receiving the biggest grant from a £1.8 million fund shared between 20 ports and harbours.

The £534,979 grant will be used to carry out a repairs at the harbour.

Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing announced the funding ahead of the third meeting of the Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce where he called on the UK Government to improve collaboration on border and customs process for the EU.

Limited, complex guidance and the requirement to use multiple systems for catch and export certification and customs controls is leading to a number of EU vessels choosing to land into other countries like Norway, Denmark and Ireland.

EU flagged vessels accounted for around seven per cent of all landings by value into Scottish ports in 2019 and were worth £35.5 million.

Mr Ewing said: “Ports and harbours are the lifeblood of many of our coastal communities up and down the country. As a result of the botched Brexit deal and through no fault of their own, many are losing key landing fees from vessels and need this essential investment.

"Previously we committed £1 million but I am pleased to be able to increase this to £1.8 million so we can provide even more funding to our ports and harbours and support jobs and livelihoods in our coastal communities.

"We’ve been working closely with the British Ports Association on this support and the ports and harbours will be able to start essential works immediately.”

The funding has been welcomed by Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson.

He said: “This is necessary investment to help mitigate against the very real impact of Brexit for the fishing communities across the north-east of Scotland.

“Many are losing key landing fees from vessels and, as a result, essential investment they need for business.”

SNP candidate for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam said ports and harbours were vital to the Scottish economy, and particularly local economies in places such as Fraserburgh.