New move revealed to head off haddock crisis – Fishupdate.com

New move revealed to head off haddock crisis Published:  16 March, 2006

A NEW approach to try to ease the crisis facing fishermen and processors over the cut in this year’s North Sea haddock quota was disclosed today.

Senior Scottish fisheries departmemt officials met with the North East Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership and it was announced at the meeting that a new group is being set up to develop a “commercial strategy” for haddock.

Scottish Fisheries Minister Ross Finnie has asked Mike Park, the Chairman of the Scottish Whitefish Producers’ Association to lead the new group.

Mr Finnie said:“I want to harness the enthusiasm that there is across the haddock food supply chain to find innovative solutions to the current difficulties. I have asked this group to look urgently at new ways of ensuring that the supply chain is working as effectively as possible so that everyone can make the best use of the resource. What we want is for catchers to get the best price for their catch and processors to achieve a more regular supply– maximising the value achieved for the reduced volume of fish.”

Mr Park has already been closely involved in trying to source additional supplies of haddock to try to head off disaster for catchers and processors later this year.

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