Time is fast running out for policymakers to produce a workable plan for introducing a discard ban to Europe’s white-fish sector, a Scottish fishing chief has warned.
A different approach to managing EU fish stocks could unlock £659million in industry profits and create 102,000 more jobs, a think-tank says.
A new plant looks likely to rise from the ashes of a burnt-out fish factory in a north-east town.
Euro MPs and European Union member states have finally agreed a simple set of rules for the new fish discard ban.
EU institutions must "get their act together" to avoid chaos for the Scots fleet after the introduction of a ban on discards, Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead said last night.
Scottish Fishermen's Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said the deal would help to give the industry some short-term stability but there were "huge fears" about the looming discard ban.
Bertie Armstrong, Scottish Fishermen's Federation chief executive
Scotland's fishing fleet is facing turmoil as crunch talks affecting its future open in Brussels today.
The annual round of horse-trading over the next year's fishing quotas is under way after the European Commission (EC) announced its proposals for 2015.
A new battle has emerged over Scotland's future political clout, with fishing chiefs elsewhere in the UK fearing any post-referendum concessions to the industry north of the border will be at their expense.
A plunge in the value of Scottish fish landings highlights the "huge pressures" facing the catch sector, an industry chief said last night.
Fishing chiefs urged the Scottish and UK governments to work together for the benefit of the fleet following the historic vote on independence.
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Discarding is to be progressively phased out between 2015 and 2019, and fishermen will be obliged to land at least 95% of all the fish they catch.
The Scottish fishing industry's quest for answers on the implications of September's independence referendum has produced lengthy responses from the governments in Edinburgh and London.