Negotiations over Britain’s departure from the EU present fishing industry leaders with an opportunity, according to Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.
He met representatives of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation in Edinburgh on Monday and held a telephone conversation with executive officer of Shetland Fishermen’s Association, Simon Collins.
Mr Scott said: “The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) does not work. So negotiations over the future are an opportunity. The status quo on fishing policy is wanted by no-one in the industry and few in either the Scottish or UK governments.”
Mr Scott, who last week was handed a place in the Holyrood committee charged with scrutinising how the negotiations were progressing, said the Scottish government must have a minister involved in developing the UK negotiating position.
“That person must understand that fishing wants a new beginning. The fishing industry here look at Norway and see them directly negotiating with the EU. It is no surprise they want the same as a coastal state.
“It is not so much a seat at the top table as a seat at the right table.”
He added: “I will be contacting the Scottish fisheries minister Fergus Ewing to press for a new approach, a new policy, for the industry. That needs to happen irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations which may well take years.”
He added: “I will be contacting the Scottish fisheries minister Fergus Ewing to press for a new approach, a new policy, for the industry.
That needs to happen irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations which may well take years.”
At last week’s First Minister’s Questions, Mr Scott asked Nicola Sturgeon to recognise that many fishing areas had voted to leave the EU based on their experience of the CFP