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Ian Hudghton
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December 2003


 MEP IN SHETLAND FISHERIES VISIT

13 December 2003

Scottish National Party Euro-MP Ian Hudghton undertook a three-day visit to the Shetland Islands to consult with Fishing Community representatives in advance of December's crucial meeting of EU Fisheries Ministers.

Considerable economic pain has been inflicted upon Scotland's Fishing dependent areas by the disastrous outcome of the EU Council in December 2002 and Shetlanders expressed to the MEP their feelings of desperate hope that the UK/Scottish Ministers would deliver a better deal this year.

Mr. Hudghton visited Whalsay for talks with the  Shetland Branch of Fishing SOS, and in Lerwick met with the Shetland Fishermen's Association and Shetland Oceans Alliance before visiting the North Atlantic Fisheries College at Scalloway.

Other meetings included a briefing session with Convener Sandy Cluness of Shetland Islands Council, and a visit to a fish sales and ships' chandlery business.  It was made abundantly clear that the whole Islnd economy is being seriously affected by the downturn in fishing opportunities, with shore-based service industries, processors and suppliers feeling the pinch as well as the whitefish catching sector.

Picture shows Ian Hudghton MEP at Lerwick Harbour with Shetland SNP spokesperson Willie Ross.


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