Salmon sector braced for no-deal Brexit
Seafood industry seeks answers on post-Brexit trade
Friday, July 12, 2019, 17:50 (GMT + 9)
Leaders of Scotland's seafood industry have told UK environment and food secretary Michael Gove more has to be done to safeguard exports after Brexit.
At a meeting in London, representatives of salmon producers, fishing boat skippers and seafood processors set out the concerns.
In particular, they worry about delays of fresh fish being delivered by truck to European customers.
DEFRA described the meeting as "very productive".
The seafood industry representatives also sought reassurances about compensation for any new tariffs.
Another concern was increased paperwork to certify the seafood's origin.
Since 2014 The Scottish Salmon Company has been producing salmon which wear the Label Rouge gill tag with pride and honour. Photo: tartansalmonlabelrouge.com
'No extra barriers'
Hamish Macdonell of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation said: "Scottish seafood rightly enjoys an enviable reputation for quality and availability in European markets.
"As representatives of all seafood sectors, farmed and caught, we made it clear to the UK government that we are determined to ensure this continues, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
"We held a constructive meeting with Mr Gove and his senior officials and while we appreciate the preparatory work that has been already been undertaken, we believe more has to be done to protect seafood exports to the continent if no Brexit deal is agreed."
UK exports (blue) and imports (red) of each species
The Scottish Seafood Association's Jimmy Buchan added he was "hopeful" about Mr Gove's response.
"Seafood is perishable so it is imperative that no extra barriers are placed in the way of its access to market," he said.
"We are now hopeful Mr Gove will work with his colleagues across the UK government to make sure access remains as swift and as easy in the future as it is now."
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