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Fisheries Negotiations

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 19th November 2019.

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I will not. I am afraid that I do not have time.

Straight after the Brexit referendum, the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association’s secretary said that

“Withdrawal from the EU offers the local fishing industry a unique opportunity to develop a sustainable long-term industry.”

The Shetland Fishermen Association’s executive officer said in September:

“Give us Brexit as cleanly and as quickly as possible.”

All the doom and gloom that we have heard today is in sharp contrast to what the industry says. It is optimistic and positive, and so are we.

I will quickly deal with a few of members’ remarks. Finlay Carson spoke about measures that have been taken to prevent illegal fishing, and about GPS on scallop boats. Claudia Beamish also mentioned that.

I also note the contribution of Lewis Macdonald, who made a good speech about longer-term issues, including global warming and the rise in ocean temperatures. He talked about how, when we talk about maximum sustainable yield, that is not just for one year but for many years. He made some very valid points.

It is clear that leaving the EU and the common fisheries policy presents significant opportunities for the industry and the communities that support it. I take the opportunity to wish the cabinet secretary well in the end-year negotiations.

I support the amendment in Peter Chapman’s name.