Fishing Industry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:55 pm on 14th February 1991.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Frank Doran Frank Doran Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) 8:55 pm, 14th February 1991

I agree. The downturn in the salmon net fishing business has nothing to do with the reduction in the number of fish, investment in new technology or anything of that nature; it is a direct consequence of the reduction in the number of fishing hours, which is itself a direct consequence of the Government's legislation. Nothing has been done to help those fishermen to adjust, although, in remote areas such as Caithness and Sutherland, they provide vital, albeit seasonal, employment. Businesses are going to the wall in those areas.

Fish—whether or not it is caught at sea—must be seen as a vital element of the wider industry. We want unity of approach, rather than the confrontational attitude that the Government have adopted so far.