How are the SNP supporting Scotland’s fishing industry?
We have supported the viability and profitability of Scotland’s fisheries, sustaining existing markets and developing new markets by allocating £77 million of support to over 1,200 projects.
We will continue to do everything we can to ensure Scottish fishing quota is retained in the hands of active Scottish fishermen, and that quota speculation is ended. We will also work with the industry to phase in the discard ban and we will set up a new entrants’ scheme for fishermen.
We will set a Scottish landings target for all Scottish fishing boats to ensure more fish are landed in Scotland to create jobs and support local businesses in our fishing communities.
We will continue to argue for repatriation of the Seafish Levy to ensure that levy funds paid by the Scottish industry are used to promote Scottish seafood.
We will work to ensure a healthy and productive inshore fisheries sector by implementing our Scottish Inshore Fisheries Strategy. We will also update inshore fisheries legislation through an Inshore Fisheries Bill to support sound fisheries management.