French-born MSP Christian Allard visited Peterhead fishmarket today (Friday), with a TV crew from French News Channel, France 24.
The MSP for the North East said although he has been to the town many times in the past, this was his first visit to the Blue Toon’s fishmarket as a Regional Member of the Scottish Parliament.
He said: “I was delighted to be able to show off the best fresh fish on offer in Europe; from monkfish for the export market to haddock and cod for the UK market.
“It was another opportunity to meet skippers, buyers and exporters of Scottish Seafoods and listen to the issues in the industry in the North East - an industry I worked in for many years and that is so vital to the Scottish economy.”
On Thursday Mr Allard asked a question to the First Minister concerning a publicly accessible register for fishing quota allocations, holdings and transactions.
Mr Allard explained: “Making the register public was in the concordat signed in 2012 between the devolved administrations and Westminster.
“The Scottish fishing industry was rightly concerned about the delay and short of independence this should be the first step to regaining control of Scotland’s fishing rights from Westminster.
“The First Minister in his response agreed that successive Westminster Governments have failed to protect the interests of Scotland’s fishing industry in the North East.”