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7 November 2008

STEVENSON WELCOMES FUNDING FOR FISHING VESSEL SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has echoed Scottish Government calls for Banff & Buchan fishing vessel owners to apply for a share of the £400, 000 that has been made available to maintain safety equipment on Scotland’s fishing fleet.

Individual boats are eligible for up to £250 each as part of the three year action plan agreed between the Scottish Government and the fishing industry’s fuel task force.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“Banff & Buchan’s fishing industry has faced a significant challenge in trying to cope with rising operating costs. Because fish are sold at auction, they are unable to pass these costs onto their customers in the same way that other industries can, which is why Scottish Government support through the current period is needed.

“As well as ensuring that our fishing fleet is as safe as possible through helping to maintain safety equipment, Banff & Buchan skippers will have one less operating expense to worry about.

“I would encourage all fishing vessel owners in Banff & Buchan to apply for this assistance to help reduce their operating costs. In conjunction with other parts of the £29 million of funds made available, it will at least go some way to combating the cost of high fuel prices”.

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