Drop in value of landings hits hard

The alarming drop in the quayside value of seafood landed has underlined the tremendous pressures faced by fishermen.

That is the view of Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive, Bertie Armstrong, following the publication of provisional statistics by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2013 decreased by eight percent compared with 2012.

However, the volume of seafood landed remained stable having increased by only a marginal amount, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said.

Mr Armstrong said: “Despite signs of global economic recovery, it would seem that the market for our fish and shellfish is showing little sign of improving.

“This is causing a double whammy of hardship for our fishermen as the poor market situation is set against the background of ever-increasing operational costs for the fishing fleet.”