SNP candidate for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam has welcomed today’s announcement that Fraserburgh, Macduff and Peterhead will all benefit from a share of Scottish Government funding for investment in ports and harbours, safety improvements and repair works.
The support includes £534,979 for repair work at Fraserburgh. Peterhead benefits from funding for various improvements ranging from collection and disposal of waste from the fishing fleet to quay cleaning, while Macduff is awarded funding as part of the council-owned harbours in the North-east.
Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP announced details ahead of the third meeting of the Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce where he called on the UK Government to improve collaboration on border and customs process for the EU.
Commenting, SNP candidate Karen Adam said:
I’m very pleased to see the North-east benefitting greatly from this latest funding announcement by the Scottish Government.
These ports and harbours are vital to the Scottish economy and particularly to the local economies of Fraserburgh, Macduff and Peterhead. The issues caused by the UK’s poor Brexit deal are many but I am determined that these should not rebound on the North-east, so this funding is welcome news indeed.
Troup SNP councillor Ross Cassie, who chairs Macduff Harbour Advisory Committee and is also Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Harbours sub-committee, added
I very much welcome the extra investment by the Scottish Government into our harbours. However let us not forget this is required as a direct result of the disastrous Tory Brexit that the electorate of Scotland overwhelmingly rejected.
Our fishing sector and coastal communities have been impacted adversely as a result of the untruthful statement ‘sea of Opportunity’ that was compounded by incompetent negotiations. This investment clearly demonstrates that the Scottish Government continue to mitigate against the excesses of a Tory Westminster Government that by day demonstrates ever greater levels of incompetence.
Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP said
Ports and harbours are the lifeblood of many of our coastal communities up and down the country. As a result of the botched Brexit deal and through no fault of their own, many are losing key landing fees from vessels and need this essential investment.
Previously we committed £1 million but I am pleased to be able to increase this to £1.8 million so we can provide even more funding to approximately 20 ports and harbours and support jobs and livelihoods in our coastal communities. We’ve been working closely with the British Ports Association on this support and the ports and harbours will be able to start essential works immediately.
While this funding will help our ports and harbours with longer term recovery I am calling on the Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce to provide urgent short term solutions and produce clear guidance so EU vessels and their agents can understand and have confidence in the requirements, and continue to land in our ports, which rely on them for employment and economic stability.
Funding for ports and harbours was announced as part of a package of support by Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing on 3 February. Due to the high level of demand for the fund, the initial £1m was increased to £1.8m.