North-east MSP Christian Allard is giving his vision for fishing communities after a ‘Yes’ vote on September 18. The MSP, born in France, worked in the Scottish fishing industry for 30 years.
In a debate at the Scottish Parliament last week (Inshore Fisheries debate April 29), the SNP MSP explained how an independent Scotland would secure a bright and vibrant industry for generations to come.
Commenting, Mr Allard said: “It is accepted that successive governments at Westminster have, at best, ignored the Scottish fishing industry, and at worst, considered the Scottish fishing fleet as expendable.
“In contrast the Scottish Parliament since 1999 has recognised the fishing industry as a sector to protect. Everyone in the North East accepts that Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead has made a real difference in promoting the sector and in safeguarding our fishing rights for future generations.
“With independence, our fishing communities will always be a priority for Scottish governments both in the North East and in Europe.”
The SNP MSP has also called for more engagement with the fishing industry.
Mr Allard has written to the Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), Bertie Armstrong, urging the organisation to more actively engage in the decision making process, highlighting the fact that the SFF did not provide MSPs with briefing material.