The Scottish fishing industry will benefit from increased quotas across a range of Scottish stocks as a result of talks at the EU Fisheries Council earlier this week.
Commenting, Tavish Scott said:
“The quota increases are good news for boats, salespeople and processors. It has taken some time for the science to catch up with the reality of the abundant fish that are in our local waters. So the government do need to work on fisheries science being as up-to-date as possible.
“The greatest challenge for 2017 is the discard ban. Increased quota may help but Shetland’s primary catches will have to be carefully monitored to avoid any possibility of our boats being forced to tie-up because a specific quota is finished through the year. That was the warning I gave the Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing in the Holyrood debate last week. A discard ban in a mixed whitefish fishery cannot work. There will always be problems.
“I will continue to urge the Scottish government to explore the Norwegian approach which is more flexible and practical in achieving the sensible objective of stopping marketable fish being thrown over the side.”