Fishermen have been reminded that the deadline for applications to a Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) free lifejacket scheme is imminent.
The scheme aims to supply a free lifejacket – or personal flotation device (PFD) – to every fisherman who is actively fishing under a current fishing licence administered by Marine Scotland and who have mandatory safety certification.
Events in Shetland and Orkney will be held next week to provide successful applicants with an opportunity to see the new PFDs.
Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael encouraged all those eligible to sign up.
He said: “The deadline for applications is tonight for personnel hoping to attend the roll-out events. I encourage all fishermen to sign up if they have yet to do so and take advantage of this scheme.
“The SFF roll out events will be a good opportunity to get a demonstration of the new PFDs and speak directly to SFF personnel about any questions you have.”