Skye and Wester Ross

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SEAFISH is call­ing for ves­sel own­ers and skip­pers in Skye and Wester Ross to par­tic­i­pate in its 12th an­nual eco­nomic sur­vey of the UK fish­ing fleet.

As part of this year’s sur­vey, re­searchers will be in ports from Gair­loch to Kyle from Au­gust 7 to 11.

Re­searchers want to gather data on fish­ing and ves­sel costs to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive over­view of the fi­nan­cial and op­er­a­tional per­for­mance of the fish­ing in­dus­try.

The 2017 sur­vey hopes to un­cover a sim­i­lar suc­cess story to last year, which saw the UK fish­ing sec­tor ex­pe­ri­ence its best eco­nomic per­for­mance since 2008.

The most re­cent re­sults pub­lished found that the to­tal UK fleet in­come in­creased by 19 per cent, while the op­er­at­ing profit in­creased year- on-year by 22 per cent.

The re­searchers will also can­vass fish­er­men’s views on a range of cur­rent and fu­ture in­dus­try is­sues.

De­spite last year be­ing pos­i­tive for the sec­tor, a num­ber of skip­pers and ves­sel own­ers ex­pressed con­cerns for the fu­ture. Un­cer­tainty in reg­u­la­tion and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments, is­sues around quota avail­abil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity and mar­ket prices made the list.

The next round of re­search, to be pub­lished in 2018, is cru­cial for un­cov­er­ing the di­rec­tion the in­dus­try is mov­ing in. With the UK set to leave the EU, the sur­vey will cap­ture the mood on the ground and pro­vide an in­sight in to the ex­pec­ta­tions and con­cerns of the fish­ing in­dus­try. Steve Lawrence, Eco­nom­ics Project Man­ager at Seafish, said: ‘Our an­nual sur­vey pro­vides us with a de­tailed pic­ture of the UK fish­ing fleet’s eco­nomic per­for­mance. Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the sur­vey should con­tact Steve Lawrence at Seafish on 0131 524 8663 or email steven.lawrence@seafish.co.uk. To view the re­sults of last year’s re­port, visit the Seafish web­site.

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