UK fisheries minister visits Scotland on eve of Seafood Week – Fishupdate.com

UK fisheries minister visits Scotland on eve of Seafood Week Published:  04 October, 2007

Jonathan Shaw

UK Fisheries Minister Jonathan Shaw visited the headquarters of industry body Seafish in Edinburgh today, as his first port of call on his first official trip to Scotland.

Mr Shaw met with the new Seafish Chairman, Charles Howeson, and Chief Executive, John Rutherford on the eve of Seafood Week 2007.

Mr Shaw said: “On this visit I am looking forward to getting the perspective of people throughout the Scottish fishing industry, and to seeing and hearing about how they are working to achieve encouraging results.”

Charles Howeson and John Rutherford said they were delighted to welcome the Minister to Seafish and to have the opportunity to speak to him in person about the importance of the UK seafood industry and its future as a sustainable and profitable part of our national economy.

This year’s Seafood Week runs from October 5-12 with events, promotions, celebrations and tastings around the UK. The week is supported by a host of well-known chefs as well as supermarkets, hotels, fishmongers, processors, fishermen and restaurants from the Highlands to Cornwall. Nick Nairn, Tom Kitchin, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tom Parker Bowles and Brian Turner and are just some of the top names who have pledged their support.

Details of what’s happening across the UK, plus a host of seafood recipes and tips from chefs and celebrities, are available from www.seafish.org/2aweek

Speaking at the start of the two day visit to Scotland by Jonathan Shaw, UK Fisheries Minister, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said: “I warmly welcome the fact that Mr Shaw was able to accept my invitation and make the time to come to Scotland. I look forward to our meetings today in Parliament and developing a cordial and constructive relationship.

“We will be visiting Peterhead fish market tomorrow and meeting a range of people who make this a real and thriving fishing community. Then we will be joined by Michelle Gildernew from Northern Ireland and Elin Jones from Wales. I am sure we will all find the exchange of ideas and perspectives very useful indeed.”

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