Fishing topic of conversation

MARINE Scotland officials will be at Arbroath harbour today (Friday) to meet with fishermen to discuss their concerns about the fishing industry.

The so-called ‘quayside conversations’ will address challenges facing the Scottish fishing industry, including pressure from European Union policies, increasing operation costs and changing technology.

Some of these meetings will be led by Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead. He said: “When I regularly travel around Scotland I often meet with active fishermen, who are usually very forthright in putting forward their views.

“I can assure the industry that I will listen to these concerns and carefully consider where the Scottish Government can offer help and support.”

Head of sea fisheries at Marine Scotland, Mike Palmer sees the quayside conversations as a valuable opportunity. He said: “The quayside conversations will enable us as Marine Scotland officials to increase our engagement with fishermen and hear their views first hand. It will also give us an opportunity to explain policies and hopefully alleviate some concerns. I am very aware that the policies we develop can have a serious impact on the livelihoods of skippers and I am determined we get these decisions right.”