Brexit: Scottish fishing industry calls for clarity


Fellows of the Scottish fishing industry have called for “clarity” on the implications of the outline agreement on leaving the EU.

On Wednesday, Scottish Secretary David Mundell backed the rough sketch Brexit deal despite concerns about its impact on the fishing perseverance.

The 585-page document said a new agreement would be reached on access to not functions and quota shares.

Fishing leaders, skippers and traders are seeking assorted specifics on the plan.

Prime Minister Theresa May insisted on Thursday the UK ministry would not accept any deal with the EU that linked access to fishing waters with buy.

The Aberdeenshire town of Peterhead is Europe’s largest white fish haven, where a new state-of-the art market opened earlier this year.

It markets tens of millions of pounds worth of fish, including cod and haddock, annually.

Conveying to BBC Scotland at Peterhead fish market, where more than 5,000 boxes of fish were landed on Thursday morning, merchandiser Gary Mitchell said the industry feared for the future.

He said: “The fishermen are ruined. We don’t know what’s going to happen. We are being sold down the river in days of yore again.

“We just want clarity.”

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Skipper Robert West thought: “It is frustrating, but we have to deal with that all the time.

“We’ve had so much horseshit to put up with over the years, it’s just normal.”

The Scottish Fishermen’s Coalition (SFF) was formed in 1973, with the aim of protecting collective interests.

As details of the Brexit dispense emerged on Tuesday evening, it voiced concerns about a link between access for EU crafts to UK waters and tariff-free access for UK seafood suppliers to the EU market.

Chief manager Bertie Armstrong said: “The industry’s priority has always been compelling back control of decision-making over who catches what, where and when in our waters, so that we can end at a go and for all the grossly unfair situation where 60% of our stocks are taken, gratis, by ships from other EU nations.

“That would mean the UK becoming a fully neutral coastal state with its own seat at all the relevant international fisheries compacts from December 2020, and regaining its proud status as one of the world’s important fishing nations. Negotiations over trade terms for seafood offshoots would follow on from this.

“Any linkage between access and interchange contravenes all international norms and practice and is simply unacceptable in principle.”

Admonishing on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Wednesday, Mr Armstrong said: “Yesterday we required for clarification – we weren’t preaching revolt, we were preaching clarification.”

‘The chauvinistic good’

He said becoming an independent coastal state would assign the UK to decide who can access to its waters, and which can be fished.

“Once we become a coastal affirm we can stop giving away 60% of the seafood that exits our waters and start using that for the native good,” he said.

Mr Armstrong added that a Scottish government’s research had indicated that this would be worth more than £500m and 5,000 responsibilities.

“There is much to fight for. We need to get the best deal for Scottish fishing,” he hinted.

Meanwhile, Alistair Sinclair, national co-ordinator of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Amalgamation (SCFF), said his industry relied on the smooth transportation of live shellfish into Europe.

He utter there would still be “huge uncertainty” until they be paid clarification that this would continue.

Mr Mundell said after the Senate meeting on Tuesday that he was “content” with the Brexit deal.

He alleged he believed it meant the UK was leaving the CFP at the end of 2020, becoming an independent coastal claim.

Mrs May told Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid on Thursday that strives to link access to fishing waters to the trade aspect of negotiations leave not be accepted.

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