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Election / Fishing industry pledge nets support from majority of election candidates

Parts of Shetland's pelagic fishing fleet at Mair's Pier in Lerwick. Photo: Shetland News.

THREE quarters of council election candidates have now committed to signing a pledge supporting the local fishing industry.

Shetland Fishermen’s Association executive officer Daniel Lawson said crews are “pleased to see an enthusiastic support” from candidates.

As of Wednesday 26 candidates have agreed to sign the FISH pledge.

It encourages candidates to back the association’s broad aims and ambitions.

Lawson said: “As well as being the cornerstone of our island economy, our fishing fleet plays an important role in Shetland’s food security, environmental targets, and cultural scene.

“Having remained family-owned, and locally crewed, it has a unique role at the heart of our society.

“Shetland remains a fishing community in the truest sense, and the FISH Pledge initiative will help ensure that the aspirations of our fishing community will retain the wider political support so essential to seeing those aspirations achieved.

“I would encourage all remaining candidates to come forward and make their support for the fishing known, before elections on 5 May 2022.”

The candidates who have agreed to sign the pledge so far are:

NORTH ISLES

  • Ryan Thomson (Independent)
  • Duncan Anderson (Independent)

(Already uncontested)

SHETLAND NORTH

  • Andrea Manson (Independent)

(Already uncontested)

SHETLAND WEST

  • Liz Boxwell (Independent)
  • John Leask (Independent)
  • Debra Nicolson (Scottish Green Party)
  • Zara Pennington (SNP)
  • Mark Robinson (Independent)
  • Ian Tinkler (Independent)

SHETLAND CENTRAL

  • Catherine Hughson (Independent)
  • Brian Nugent (Sovereignty)
  • Martin Randall (Scottish Green Party)
  • Davie Sandison (Independent) 

LERWICK NORTH and BRESSAY

  • Stephen Ferguson (Independent)
  • Stephen Leask (Independent)
  • Marie Williamson (Independent)

LERWICK SOUTH

  • Peter Coleman (Independent)
  • John Fraser (Independent)
  • Amanda Hawick (Independent)
  • Shayne McLeod (Independent)
  • Neil Pearson (Independent)
  • Cecil Smith (Independent) 

SHETLAND SOUTH

  • Alex Armitage (Scottish Green Party)
  • Stewart Douglas (Independent)
  • Robbie McGregor (SNP)
  • Bryan Peterson (Independent)

A full list of candidates for the 2022 council elections can be found here.