26 November 2007

Stevenson Welcomes Cod Quota Increase as a "Significant Step Forward"

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the 11 per cent increase in the cod quota following the EU-Norway fishing negotiations in Brussels this weekend as a significant step forward for the Scottish fishing industry.

Commenting Mr. Stevenson said;

“This 11 per cent increase represents a significant step forward for the Scottish fishing industry and comes as excellent news for fishermen and all of those employed in the fishing trade in Banff & Buchan.

“Fishermen in Banff & Buchan have worked hard all summer to secure this increase by cooperating constructively and making huge sacrifices to conserve cod stocks. This positive result is a tribute to their efforts and indeed to their patience.

“This increase in quota is the first in a decade and comes as a major breakthrough for North Sea cod. It goes to illustrate that the tide is finally turning for the industry.

“As we approach the annual EU Fisheries Council in December we can be sure that the SNP Government is working hard to secure the best possible deal for Scotland.”

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