Representing & Supporting Shetland’s Fishermen

New fisheries minister

May 18th 2016

Shetland Fishermen’s Association has welcomed the appointment of Fergus Ewing as the new Scottish fisheries minister.

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.”