Pledge to support North-east fishing industry
Banffshire and Buchan Coast candidate Karen Adam insists the SNP will stand up for the fishing industry – claiming the sector was sold out by the UK Conservative government in the Brexit deal.
She said that despite the Tories’ promise after promise to the fishing industry – including better access – red tape and bureaucracy was crippling Scotland’s fish and seafood trade.
Ms Adam said the SNP has pledged to do everything in its power to regain access to the EU Single Market and take ambitious action to support and protect Scotland’s fishing and maritime environment.
And she added the SNP was now the only party offering a route back to the EU and Single Market.
“Scotland has over 60 per cent of the UK’s fishing waters and an abundance of marine resources,” she said.
“We will treat these as a national asset to be protected, nurtured, developed and enhanced for the benefit of this and future generations.
“In doing this, we will put right the Tories’ wrongs and do everything we can to ensure our fishing sector and waters are protected and supported.
“And we will do this sustainably and in line with an ecosystems approach – through the ‘blue economy action plan’,” she said.
She added: “However, it is only with the full powers of independence that we can truly protect Scotland’s fishing and maritime communities.”
The blue economy action plan seeks to reduce harmful practices and consequences such as marine littering and pollution, and reduce carbon emissions from marine activity.