Scottish Fishermen's Federation launches campaign to tout benefits of Brexit

Published on
September 12, 2016

A delegation of Scottish fishing industry leaders recently launched a campaign to ensure that fishing forms a fundamental part of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, describing it as “sea of opportunity” for the country.

The campaign was initiated 7 September by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation following separate discussions with Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, United Kingdom Fisheries Minister George Eustice, and Minister of State for Brexit David Jones.

“The strong unified message is that for fishing, the overwhelmingly positive balance of benefits of Brexit is plain to see,” SFF CEO Bertie Armstrong said. “A successful outcome from the negotiations will mean that our coastal and island communities can look forward to a secure future in terms of jobs, economic activity and the sustainable production of a wonderful, sustainable natural resource. In short, the country has the potential to become a world leader in seafood production and exports. We regard it as a ‘sea of opportunity’ that must be grasped.”

SeafoodSource will host a webinar, "The good, the bad and the ugly: Brexit and the future of the U.K.'s fisheries," featuring Armstrong, on 20 September.

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