A senior politician has pledged to boost Scotland’s fishing sector.
Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell was paying a visit to Peterhead Fish Market today, which was opened by Prince Charles in September.
He said he believes two key changes will be great news for workers at the port.
Firstly, the UK Government is to tweak its fisheries bill to compel ministers to fight for a better share of fishing rights, as it believes the current common fisheries policy sells the UK fishing industry short.
That is because non-UK European Union fishing vessels landed £540 million of fish in UK waters between 2012-16, whereas UK vessels landed £110m of fish in EU waters.
The second change is an extra £37.2m will be spent on supporting the UK fishing industry while the new system is set up – on top of an existing £32m a year for the next seven years.
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Holyrood will be able to decide how to spend some of the cash.
Mr Mundell said: “It is absolutely essential Brexit delivers for Scottish fishermen and for those in the rest of the UK.
“This change to the fisheries bill creates a watertight commitment to getting the best possible deal for Scotland’s fishermen and should give them a great deal of confidence about the future.
“The extra funding will also help support our fishermen over the implementation period.
He added: “These announcements are great news for Scotland and will help the sector as it gets ready to take full advantage of the many benefits leaving the EU will have for our fishermen.”
Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong welcomed the announcements and said: “As we move into a new era of fisheries management, we are committed to ensuring Brexit benefits fishermen who operate vessels of all sizes right across our coastal communities.”