Borders MP, John Lamont, has raised issues facing Berwickshire fishermen in the House of Commons.
Mr Lamont has been in contact with representatives of the industry in the Borders and heard the issues they are facing. He has been discussing the issues with DEFRA and Scotland Office ministers since the beginning of January.
British seafood has been unable to reach the EU market in a timely manner and is costing fishing exporters.
The Scottish Seafood Association say red tape is stopping the produce get to market on time. There are also hold ups due to a shortage of Scottish Government inspectors to certify exports.
In the House of Commons, John Lamont asked the Environment Secretary to urgently find a solution for the industry, as well as backing calls for the UK Government to deliver compensation for loss of exports.
George Eustice replied saying ‘I will be talking to DFDS [industry logistics provider] later today…the plan they have for a consolidation hub at Larkhall is a good one and when we iron out these problems it will work’.
John Lamont MP said afterwards:
“The problems affecting the fishing industry need to be fixed immediately.
“These are very complex problems and the UK government need to produce a solution immediately. Scottish seafood needs to be reaching the EU market.
“The Scottish Government also need to give their support by ensuring there are enough inspectors to certify the seafood for export. The UK Government have offered to send additional support to Food Standards Scotland, and I hope this is accepted.
“These hold ups have been unavoidable for export companies and it is important they are compensated accordingly.”