Prawn quota increase for west coast

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Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed a 16% increase in the quota for West coast prawns following the conclusion of annual fisheries negotiations in Brussels.

Commenting on the news, Alasdair Allan said: “Significant benefits for Western Isles fishermen have now been agreed, with the quota for West Coast prawns rising 16%.

“During these long negotiations, Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has been instrumental in insuring we reach a deal that, despite all difficulties, is much better than anticipated.

“The EU’s Common Fisheries policy has many flaws, and Scotland is not helped by the fact we do not have Member-State status in Europe.

“However, I am glad that the prawn quota, which is so important so the economy of Western Isles, has been significantly raised.

“The Scottish Government was able to negotiate this in large part, I believe, because of the positive record which fishermen in the islands can show in general on fishing sustainably and tackling discards.”