Thursday, November 27, 2014

27/11/2014: Economic boost for Europe top white-fish port

A sharp rise in fish landings at Peterhead, Europe’s top white-fish port, has been hailed as a major economic boost for the north-east, reports The Press and Journal website.

Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) figures show a total of 157,373 tonnes of fish were landed in the first 10 months of 2014, a 23 percent increase on a year ago.

The total value of the catch rose to just over£140million, from about £118million previously.

It is a welcome result for an industry which has endured years of sacrifice and is currently gearing up for a ban on discards at sea, which its leaders say will not work for the Scottish white-fish fleet and its mixed-species catches.

There are other major challenges on the horizon, as PPA chief executive John Wallace pointed out yesterday.

He said: “These figures are good news for the port and for the industry but there are some serious concerns that remain regarding supplies.”

Mr Wallace said the current quota allocation agreement between the four UK fisheries administrations in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Belfast was having negative impacts.

He added: “If a vessel switches its main office of administration, it must also change its fishing pattern.

“The net effect of this I some cases has forced vessels to land their catch outwith the UK.

“This must be addressed immediately so that both fishermen and processors can source UK supplies domestically.”

Read more HERE.

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