Fisheries Secretary urges support for fishing communities

lochheadAccording to Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead, talks in Luxembourg on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) could have big implications for the future of Scottish fishing communities.

He will be attending the EU AgriFish Council, where further discussions are scheduled on the EMFF, the funding stream set to replace the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) from next year, as part of Common Fisheries Policy reform plans.

By the end of next year the EFF will have delivered about £90 million of assistance through £200 million in total investment for Scottish communities and businesses, demonstrating the impact on Scotland’s coastal economy.

Lochhead said: “We need to get the right package in place through the CFP negotiations and in June we secured ambitious plans for reform, which we hope will lead to sustainable fishing with discards being tackled, with more management control returning to Scotland. But we need the right package of measures to meet the challenges and the EMFF plans are also critical to the future viability of Scottish fisheries and aquaculture sectors.”

However, whilst focussing on the commercial sector, especially those operating in the North East of Scotland,  what Mr Lochhead fails to do is to ensure there is any financial support aimed at improving fishing opportunities within those communities heavily reliant on recreational fishing.

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