Douglas Ross Addresses Scottish Fishing Industry Visa Concerns

Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative leader and candidate for Aberdeenshire North and Moray East, has reaffirmed his commitment to addressing visa concerns within the fishing sector. During a meeting with industry leaders in Peterhead, Ross discussed critical issues affecting the industry. Let’s explore the implications of his commitment and the challenges faced by Scotland’s fishing community.

The Meeting with Industry Leaders

Ross engaged in discussions with key figures, including Jimmy Buchan (Scottish Seafood Association), Francis Clark (Scottish Pelagic Processors Association), Sinclair Banks (Lunar Fishing Group), and Richard Duthie and Allan Stephen (Denholm Seafoods). The talks covered various topics, from the benefits of being out of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to the implications of increased salary thresholds for skilled worker visas.

Scottish fishing industry

Benefits of Independence from the CFP

Ross highlighted the increase in catching opportunities and landings in Peterhead since the UK left the CFP and negotiated quota shares as an independent coastal state. This shift has brought tangible benefits to the industry, contrasting with the SNP’s stance of rejoining the CFP.

Ensuring Food Security and Labor Issues

Ross also emphasized the importance of safeguarding domestic food security. He pledged to prevent unintended consequences that could harm the industry. His commitment to championing the fishing sector remains unwavering, ensuring that it has a voice at the table.

As the general election approaches, Ross’s dedication to addressing visa concerns underscores the significance of Scotland’s fishing industry. His promise to advocate for the sector resonates with those who rely on its success. The challenges ahead require collaborative efforts and strategic solutions to secure a prosperous future for Scotland’s fishing communities.

By Ishan Crawford

Prior to the position, Ishan was senior vice president, strategy & development for Cumbernauld-media Company since April 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 and has served in several corporate developments, business development and strategic planning roles for three chief executives. During that time, he helped transform the Company from a traditional U.S. media conglomerate into a global digital subscription service, unified by the journalism and brand of Cumbernauld-media.

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