New drive to boost US seafood trade
MEMBERS of the fishing industry were to meet the US ambassador today to discuss trade opportunities. Representatives of the fish catching and processing sectors, along with the salmon industry, were to take part in a meeting in London chaired by the US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson. Mr Johnson met senior seafood industry players during a visit to the new Peterhead Fish Market in August, where he said he was impressed with the quality of produce. On his return to the capital, he invited representatives to the meeting, including from the Peterhead Port Authority, Lunar Fishing Company and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF). SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said the fishing industry stands on the “cusp of a new era”. He added: “We are extremely grateful to the ambassador for calling this round table. “He was genuinely enthused by what he saw on his visit to Peterhead and is taking a close personal interest in supporting our endeavours.” The Scottish Seafood Association, Scottish Pelagic Processors’ Association and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation were also expected to attend today’s gathering.