Lochhead to host ministerial fisheries meeting – Fishupdate.com

Lochhead to host ministerial fisheries meeting Published:  02 October, 2007

Richard Lochhead,

FISHERIES ministers from all four UK administrations will meet in Scotland for the first time on Friday.

Richard Lochhead,Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, will be joined at the Peterhead meeting by Jonathan Shaw from Defra, Michelle Gildernew from Northern Ireland and Elin Jones from Wales.

Mr Lochhead said: “I am delighted to welcome my ministerial colleagues from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“I am pleased that they have been able to accept my invitation to the meeting and am particularly pleased that we are holding it in Peterhead, a vibrant fishing community and the largest white fish port in Europe.

“I am sure this will provide a useful insight into Scotland’s fishing industry and the opportunity to hear from our fishermen and all those involved in contributing to its current and future prosperity.

“The Scottish Government promised at the outset a fresh start and fresh ideas for fisheries.

“All four administrations have new Ministers and this will be an excellent opportunity to start a cordial and constructive relationship and have initial face to face discussions on some of the key issues.”

He concluded: “This way we can see areas of common interest and learn from each other’s perspectives.”

* Earlier, UK fisheries department Defra said Mr Shaw will make a two-day visit to Scotland on Thursday and Friday this week (4-5 October) to meet industry representatives and fellow ministers.

Defra said Mr Shaw will meet people working throughout the fisheries sector, and will tour Peterhead fish market and a processing plant.

“Mr Shaw will meet Scottish Executive Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead to discuss, among other things, the next steps for the government’s proposed Marine Bill.

“While in Scotland Mr Shaw will also chair a meeting of fisheries Ministers from all UK administrations to discuss a range of fisheries issues,” the Defra statement added.

Mr Shaw is quoted as saying:

“I welcome the opportunity to get the perspective of people throughout the Scottish fishing industry, and to see and hear about how they are working to achieve encouraging results.

“I look forward too to having constructive discussions with Richard Lochhead and other fisheries ministers about a whole range of important marine issues.”

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