The European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), which is worth €5.7 billion across the EU, helps fishermen in the transition to sustainable fishing, supports the aquaculture and seafood processing sectors, helps to finance projects that create new jobs, and through all of this improves the resilience and quality of life of our fragile coastal communities.
Scotland’s share of this will be €110 million which is 1.9 per cent of EU allocation despite the Scottish fishing fleet catching 8 per cent of the total EU landings. This is a slight increase from the previous funding programme when we received 1.4 per cent. In terms of the UK fund Scottish vessels land 87 per cent of the total value of UK landings of key stocks and even with this new arrangement will only receive 46 per cent of fisheries funding.
Speaking from Luxembourg where he is attending the EU Fisheries Council Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Although this deal represents an increase in funding and a better deal for Scotland than previous years – it still leaves Scotland with a very poor share of the overall European pot by any reasonable measure.”