north-east skipper warns of worst crisis for 30 years

Fishermen despair at ‘crippling’ EU rules

By Keith Findlay

Published: 29/09/2009

A top north-east skipper warned last night that the white fish fleet is facing its biggest crisis for 30 years and called for urgent action to stop boats being forced out of business.

John Buchan claimed the annual end-of-year negotiations on rules and quotas for the next 12 months were “an irrelevance” against a backdrop of industry despair.

He hit out as Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead met the European Union’s top fisheries official to spell out concerns about the hardships facing Scots trawlermen.

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