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19 September 2008

STEVENSON MEETS WITH SEAFISH INDUSTRY AUTHORITY TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF INDUSTRY

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has met with representatives of SeaFish, the seafood industry’s authority to discuss plans to boost the value and reputation of Scottish seafood. SeaFish is pumping £1 million into Seafood Scotland, the joint delivery partner for this project, which will be supplemented by £300, 000 from the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government’s funding forms part of the £29 million package of measures previously announced to help the fishing industry undertake a range of measures to cope with the current high running costs.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The fishing industry is vital to Banff & Buchan’s economy and I am pleased to have been able to meet with representatives of the industry to discuss what can be done to overcome the current strains being faced by everyone linked to the industry.

“Ensuring that the brand of Scotland’s fish is recognised as being of superior quality is a vital part in helping the industry, and this money will help to secure that reputation.

“The SNP Government is determined to do everything it can to help support such a vital industry. Banff & Buchan’s fishing industry has faced many challenges, but I am convinced that they can be overcome to ensure we have a sustainable and profitable local fishing industry.”
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