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Scottish Fishermen's Federation Concerned Over Russian Import Ban

Lucy Towers
08 August 2014, at 1:00am

SCOTLAND - The Scottish Fishermens Federation has expressed concern over Russia's retaliatory sanctions.

Commenting on the news that Russia is to ban seafood imports from some countries, including those belonging to the EU, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said: “Although we have yet to examine the detail of these retaliatory sanctions, we are at this stage extremely concerned about the impact they will have on our mackerel fleet.

“We recognise that this is a serious geopolitical issue, but the downstream impact will hit a number of business sectors including Scottish fishing.

“Russia is a very important export market for Scottish mackerel, and the denial of access would have extremely serious implications for both mackerel fishermen and the onshore processing sector. We will, of course, be keeping in close contact with the Scottish and UK Governments to monitor the situation as it develops, and also to discuss any support measures for the Scottish seafood sector should they be required.”

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