MSP questions trust to deliver fishing vision

Christian Allard MSP.
Christian Allard MSP.

Participating in a TV debate on fishing recently, North East MSP Christian Allard put forward the main question to answer this September “who do you trust to protect the interests of the Scottish fishing industry?”

Mr Allard assured that only Scotland could be trusted to look after the interests of an industry which we all consider a vital part of our past, present and future economy.

He said that the Scottish Government has a positive vision for the fishing industry.

Mr Allard added that the industry has a great future and that Scottish Ministers share his optimism.

With the good news that there are plenty more fish in the sea and the not so good news that a discard ban is going to be enforced, there is a clear opportunity for more fish to be processed in Scotland.

Mr Allard was speaking on the BBC’s new Scotland 2014 programme on Tuesday, June 17.

Mr Allard said: “For our fishing communities in Scotland it will come down to one simple question; who do we trust?

“Do we trust Westminster politicians who consider that the fishing industry, from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, is expendable? Or do you trust a Scottish Government that recognises the Scottish Fishing industry as an asset for future generations?

“The Scottish Government is actively promoting the Scottish fishing industry and protecting our fishermen and food producers.

“Fishermen and everyone at the Scottish Parliament share the same vision of a prosperous future for the Scottish fishing industry – an industry which is an integral part of our nation’s economy.”