Fishermen’s association invites new minister to the isles
Shetland Fishermen’s Association has welcomed the appointment of Fergus Ewing as the new Scottish fisheries minister.
Mr Ewing has been handed the role in the new Scottish government. His official title is Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary, replacing Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead who announced he was resigning from the cabinet ahead of the reshuffle.
SFA executive officer Simon Collins said he looked forward to working with Mr Ewing, particularly on making the discard ban regulations operable in practice and obtaining a fairer deal on mackerel.
“We believe he is someone we can do business with and will be inviting him to Shetland as soon as his diary allows so that we can share some of the progress that we have made and also highlight our concerns for the future.
“Fishing is a critical element of our economy and society here in Shetland, and it’s hugely important that we don’t harm its prospects when it is growing again after many difficult years.”
Mr Lochhead faced fierce criticism over the way CAP payments to crofters were handled during the latter stages of the last government’s term in office.