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UK Must Keep Up The Mackerel Fight

by the Fish Site Editor
22 March 2011, at 12:00am

UK - Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford urged UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon not to back down over the threat of a mackerel war after raising the crisis in the House of Commons.

The Scottish National Party MP made the plea to the Minister after raising the issue during DEFRA Questions. Commenting, Dr Whiteford said: Action is needed. This matter is of critical importance to the North-east fishing industry.

2500 jobs, many of them in the North-east, are dependant on the mackerel sector. I have been in close contact with industry representatives and will continue to press the case for them at the highest level in Westminster, while I know my colleague Richard Lochhead will do likewise from a Scottish Government perspective.

The UK Government, as the EU Member State, must redouble its efforts to ensure a just and fair outcome for our pelagic sector in the face of outrageous and irresponsible behaviour by the Faroese.

the Fish Site Editor