Scottish seafood and marine sectors will benefit from around £150 million from the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund between 2014 and 2020. This funding will support research, development and structural reform. EU investment has also supported new port and harbour facilities, fishing vessels, aquaculture and improved processing facilities.
Europe is the most important export destination for Scotland’s fish and seafood exports, with salmon being the UK’s most valuable food export. The UK exports 75 per cent of the fish it catches, with three quarters of that going to the EU. If we leave the EU, we risk long border checks and certification requirements that will hinder trade, which would be particularly problematic for exports of time sensitive goods, such as Scottish seafood.