Aberdeenshire to be represented at fisheries event in Glasgow – Fishupdate.com

Aberdeenshire to be represented at fisheries event in Glasgow Published:  13 May, 2009

Aberdeenshire Council will promote the North East to fishing interests at the UK’s leading annual commercial fisheries event ‘Fishing 2009’ in Glasgow this month.

The event will be held from May 14-16 at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

Representatives from Aberdeenshire Council’s harbours and economic development services will share a stand with Peterhead Port Authority during the three-day event.

Aberdeenshire Council has direct responsibility for several local harbours, including Banff and Macduff.

The major fishing port is Macduff Harbour that provides modern facilities on a recently completed four berth Slipway.

All four cradles are hydraulically operated and offer a range of 3.5 – 10m beam with maximum length of 24.9m and displacement of 350 tons.

The port is very well served by a full range of marine contractors and boatbuilders within and around Macduff.

The town of Macduff offers excellent onshore facilities and local amenities.

Councillor Peter Argyle, Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said: “Aberdeenshire Council plays an important role in the fishing sector and in fisheries dependent communities, offering support and advice on potential sources of funding, including the European Fisheries Fund, as well as dealing with the economic and social impacts of structural changes in the sector.

‘It also gives access to a variety of networks and provides the secretariat to the North Sea Regional Advisory Council.

‘By representing Aberdeenshire Council at this year’s international fishing event, we can network with the major industry suppliers and manufacturers.

‘This will provide the opportunity to expand our fishing industry throughout the area, which will subsequently benefit Aberdeenshire’s communities, districts and residents.’