Seafish sur­vey re­turns to Lochaber

The Oban Times - - Districts -

VES­SEL own­ers and skip­pers in Lochaber and Mull are be­ing in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the 12th an­nual eco­nomic sur­vey of the UK fish­ing fleet.

Re­searchers will be in ports from Mal­laig to Oban from Au­gust 14 to Au­gust 18 to gather data on fish­ing and ves­sel costs in or­der 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 an es­ti­mated 22 per cent. The re­searchers will also can­vass fish­er­men’s views on a range of cur­rent and fu­ture in­dus­try is­sues.

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 exit the EU in 2019, the sur­vey will cap­ture the mood on the ground and pro­vide an in­sight in to the ex­pec­ta­tions and con­cerns of the fish­ing in­dus­try.

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