SNP Minister intervenes to ensure more fish are landed in Scotland to benefit both fishermen and local businesses that depend on fishing



See this opening quote from Fishing News on 13th February 2017.

‘The Scottish fisheries minister is to take steps to require Scottish pelagic vessels to land more of their catch in Scotland rather than abroad. He has told the Scots pelagic catching and processing sector that Marine Scotland will not allocate 12% of the 2017 mackerel quota [to non-Scottish ports], pending an analysis of how much mackerel is being landed into Scotland and how much abroad.’

I have a feeling ‘pelagic’ might need defining:

‘Most of the world’s large fish populations are pelagic. They include the highly migratory species of tuna, herring and mackerel and smaller species such sardines and anchovy. Pelagic fish often occupy the open waters between the coast and the edge of the continental shelf in depths of 20-400 metres. These areas are highly productive and supply nutrients for the growth of plankton which forms the food for the smaller pelagic species.’

Pelagic fishing is a major part of Scotland’s fishing industry and accounts for much of the income. Essentially, the Minister, Fergus Ewing, is concerned that too much of the catch is currently being landed overseas with a consequent loss of income for the other Scottish businesses that depend on it. He wants to make sure that the economic benefits of fishing are shared more widely to ‘contribute to more inclusive economic growth’.

The minister is quoted in Fishing Times as saying:

‘I am concerned that this level of landings overseas involves significant loss of opportunity for onshore economic activity in Scotland, with potential for reduced employment and economic activity.’

There is currently a voluntary scheme but this has not been successful and the Minister will consult with the sector with a view to: ‘to incorporate a landings target, or potentially to take other steps to directly support fishing communities in Scotland’.

Again, an SNP minister standing up for Scotland’s interests.


8 thoughts on “SNP Minister intervenes to ensure more fish are landed in Scotland to benefit both fishermen and local businesses that depend on fishing

    • johnrobertson834 February 24, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Hi Speymouth. Thanks for sharing my stuff. Any idea of readership?


  1. Clydebuilt February 23, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Fishing….. Think Bertie Arm strong has led his members over a cliff in supporting Brexit…..

    Theresa May has had talks with Spain …… Sticking my kneck out here ….. I think TM the PM is going to offer Spain access to Scottish / UK fishing grounds in return for Spain blocking an Independent Scotland’s access to EU membership…… It’s just nasty enough to be the actions of the Tory Party.


  2. broadbield February 23, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Eat more Scottish Fish!! Much of the fish sold here, including in fish shops, comes from outwith Scottish waters while much of what we catch goes to other countries. When I was working in Uni in the late 70’s a visiting Fellow from Greece told me that the best shellfish came from Scotland – but we won’t eat it and stick to cod (Icelandic) and haddock. We’re in Spain at the moment – go into any supermarket or local pescaderia (fishmonger) and the variety and quantity of fish on offer is astonishing. See:

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  3. Escargot February 24, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I’ve read that maintaining the status quo in respect of fishing rights will be a key requirement in securing any kind of half decent Brexit deal for the UZ, so that card may have been played already in respect of Spain blocking Indy.


    • Escargot February 24, 2017 / 1:56 pm



      • johnrobertson834 February 24, 2017 / 5:45 pm

        Hopefully the reporting of that will help for Indyref2


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