Fishers, farmers and hauliers join forces in fuel battle –

Fishers, farmers and hauliers join forces in fuel battle Published:  12 June, 2008

Bertie Armstrong

SCOTTISH fishermen have joined forces with farmers and road hauliers to press for Government action on fuel

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has forged an historic link-up with the National Farmers Union for Scotland and the Road Haulage Association for Scotland in pressing for urgent Government action to combat the impact of the soaring cost of fuel.

At a meeting in Edinburgh this evening, the three organisations underlined their joint commitment for measures to alleviate the strain on their industries.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive said: “Scottish fishermen, farmers and road hauliers are all committed to the sustainable production, harvesting and local delivery of foodstuffs.

“Although each of our industries is different and requires different types of support, we have agreed to adopt a joint approach that we will be developing over the coming days in pressing the Scottish and UK Governments for immediate action.”

Meanwhile, the postponement of today’s meeting of UK fisheries ministers to discuss the issue was greeted with “great disappointment” by the Federation. The talks have been rescheduled for next Tuesday. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.