Fish­er­men say leav­ing EU brings op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE Scot­tish Fish­er­men’s Fed­er­a­tion (SFF) met with ru­ral econ­omy sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing last Tues­day July 4 in Glas­gow, where it un­der­lined the pos­i­tive im­pact leav­ing the Euro­pean Union (EU) would have on the way fish­eries are man­aged in Scot­land.

The SFF had cam­paigned to leave the EU and had the re­sound­ing sup­port of its mem­ber­ship to do so af­ter a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions.

Ber­tie Arm­strong, SFF chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘We out­lined to the min­is­ter the unan­i­mous view of our mem­ber­ship of the real and pos­i­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties that leav­ing the EU would bring to our fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

‘In ef­fect, much in the same way as our oil and gas sec­tor ben­e­fits from the UK’s ter­ri­to­rial reach, it brings the op­por­tu­nity of mak­ing Bri­tain the con­trol­ling part­ner in the north­ern con­ti­nen­tal shelf where we would be able to ex­ert a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on the way that fish­eries are man­aged, work­ing with other na­tions in a part­ner­ship ap­proach.

‘The min­is­ter lis­tened care­fully to our points of view and we both ac­knowl­edged that there was a sig­nif­i­cant di­ver­gence in our ap­proach to EU mem­ber­ship.

‘How­ever, there was also recog­ni­tion from both par­ties of the need to main­tain close di­a­logue and a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship.’

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