Aid Extension Must Come Now Fishing Monthly Published: 17 July, 2003
SCOTTISH Conservative Fisheries Spokesman, Ted Brocklebank has urged Rural Affairs Minister, Ross Finnie, to act now to extend Scotland’s #10 million transitional aid period to the
end of the year.
The MSP said:”The present situation with transitional aid is totally
unacceptable. It is in the Autumn and Winter months that those
fishermen who remain in the fleet need this transitional aid,
but under the current plans the money will have disappeared by then.
“I can foresee that by the end of the Summer, the already
depleted fish quotas will have been used up which will force
fishermen to tie-up in any case. The need, therefore, for an
extension to the transitional aid period is vital and would
appear to me to be pure common sense.
“We have always said that the so-called fishing recovery plan
was waited too heavily towards decommissioning with not enough
of the money being allocated to transitional aid. However, we
have what we have and we need to at least make the transitional
money help of fishermen as much as possible. I urge Ross
Finnie to extend this aid now before a grave situation becomes