Orkney has seen industries come and industries go. Throughout all of this boom and bust the two sectors which have remained constant are farming and fishing.
“With an annual value of £944 million, seafood accounts for 58% of Scotland’s total food exports. Seafood is highly perishable and therefore dependent on the sort of swift and reliable transport connections which would be damaged by a disorderly UK exit from the EU.”
One of the greatest natural resources Scotland has are the seas around its shores.
Not only is this chaotic situation worrying for citizens but it is calamitous for business as the uncertainty makes preparing for Brexit almost impossible.
As the prospect of a no deal Brexit , 29th of March, looms ever closer The Orkney News takes another look at fisheries.
Closing date 31st of January 2019
Christmas is a time for reflection
This year’s agreement will see some increases and decreases in particular stocks and improved protection for the European eel .
There will be a 33% cut in cod which can be caught, 31% for Haddock, 36% cut to herring and 20% cut to mackerel.
Coastal and island communities around Scotland have been awarded financial help in the latest round of funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)