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SFF chief executive Elspeth Macdonald.

FISHERMEN are ready to engage with the newly elected UK Government and new MPs according to industry body SFF.

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Elspeth Macdonald said: “While most domestic fisheries management is devolved to Holyrood, there are other matters within reserved UK competence, and we look forward to working with the new UK Government on these.”

The federation is now looking to those incoming MPs and ministers to support Scotland’s fishing sector, in line with its manifesto asks:

  • Protect and improve the UK’s status as an independent coastal state – to prioritise unconditional control of access to UK waters and fishing opportunities
  • Ensure no regression on what is already secured, in particular the right for the UK to determine its own fisheries management arrangements in UK waters
  • Ensure that fishing is properly protected in increasingly crowded seas – striking the right balance between conservation and sustainable harvesting, and ensuring that the UK has food security as well as energy security
  • Deliver a workable immigration system that is designed to meet the needs of businesses when labour needs cannot be met by UK/Scottish workers.

ALISTAIR Carmichael will hold his first Shetland surgery since being re-elected on Friday at the Islesburgh Community Centre between 5 and 6pm.

“My aim as Member of Parliament for the isles has always been to be accessible and ready to help those in need of support,” he said.

“There has been no let up in the pace of casework coming in over the election period, so I am glad to get back into regular advice surgeries once again.

“Anyone who is in need of support or wishes to discuss particular concerns is welcome at the surgery, as always – appointments in advance are of course helpful but you are always welcome to turn up on the day.”

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Ocean Kinetics managing director John Henderson – Photo: John Coutts

ENGINEERING firm Ocean Kinetics is now accepting applications for its 2024 scholarship programme, the company has announced.

The scheme is open to students who plan to study a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) at university or college. The successful candidate will be awarded an annual bursary of £3,000 and will receive personal mentoring and paid work experience outside term time.

Managing director John Henderson said the company has supported three students on their career path over recent years.

“At Ocean Kinetics, we truly understand the importance of investing in our young people. Creating and maintaining a highly skilled young workforce will keep the islands alive for generations to come,” he said.

Anyone interested in the programme should submit an application to info@oceankinetics.co.uk before 2 August 2024.

SALMON Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott has welcomed a commitment by new business secretary Jonathan Reynolds to exploring opportunities to increase Scottish salmon exports to the EU.

Scott said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Jonathan Reynolds has immediately recognised how important this is, sending a clear signal that the new government is committed to our sector and the growth of Scottish salmon.

“We look forward to working with the new government to promote Scotland on the global stage.”

The former Shetland MSP was reacting to Reynolds telling Sky News: “If we can sell more whisky, more salmon, to a market which is so significant to us, of course we should explore an opportunity like that (…).

“I think moving forward to (…) a relationship to Europe that is not determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party is very much in the national interest in the UK.”

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