Brexit could trigger fishing fleet revival

An MP has claimed Brexit could trigger a revival of the Berwickshire fishing fleet following a meeting in Westminster with the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF).

Monday, 5th February 2018, 07:43 am

In 2000, there were an estimated 184 fishermen in Berwickshire and the industry supported many more jobs in fish processing, yet employment in the industry has now fallen dramatically.

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Borders MP John Lamont met Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, to discuss the opportunity Brexit presented for the sector.

He said: “Scotland’s fishermen are very clear that leaving the EU represents a huge opportunity. The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy has been deeply unpopular and there is real positivity about the UK regaining control of our own fish stocks.”