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Discussing cross-Channel delays on a salmon workboat in Shetland are UK fishing minister Victoria Prentis and Salmon Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott. Photo: Salmon Scotland

SCOTLAND’s salmon sector has today urged the UK Government to take urgent action to support vital exports affected by cross-Channel delays.

Salmon Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott held talks with UK fisheries minister Victoria Prentis who is on a two day visit to Shetland.

Salmon exported from Scotland will normally arrive in France the following morning, but in recent weeks there have been delays of up to 48 hours due to queues on the UK side of the Channel.

“As the UK’s biggest food export, it is vital for jobs in Scotland and for the UK economy that we avoid any hold-ups at the Channel,” Scott said.

“We have urged the UK Government to prioritise the movement of perishable goods. Following today’s constructive meeting, we are hopeful of swift action.”

The trade body has called on the UK Government to introduce contingency plans for perishable goods to have priority status when delays occur at peak times such as the summer holidays.


A SHORT film promoting Shetland in winter during lockdown produced by Telegraph travel writer and columnist Simon Parker and local film maker Stephen Mercer has been shortlisted at this year’s travel media awards.

The Shetland: Winter in the wildest corner of Britain film is one of five finalists in the broadcast of the year category.

It can be watched on YouTube here:

 

The awards ceremony will take place at The Dorchester, in London, on 26 September.


SHETLAND Islands Councils has apologised to islanders in Yell after non-recyclable waste has not been collected from kerbsides today (Tuesday).

The councils said that due to staff shortages they have been unable to do so.

It follows on from similar problems in neighbouring Unst on Monday.

A spokesperson said collection in Yell will take place on Wednesday.


SHETLAND stand-up comedian Marjolein Robertson is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe with her latest show Thank God Fish Don’t Have Hands.

After two years back home in Shetland, the comedian is now back gigging.

“This new Fringe show is an unapologetic brain dump from me, the eternal apologiser,” she said.

“There are stories and jokes about my amorous past, throwing myself into time consuming, pointless and sometimes dangerous situations, as well as forgetting most of everything almost all of the time. I. Am. A. Catch.”

Robertson’s Fringe show is on at 4pm in Stand 2, at the Stand Comedy Club, daily from 5 to the 28 August apart from 15 August.

Tickets are priced £10 and be bought using this link.