Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today joined the inaugural formation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Shellfish Aquaculture. The APPG is intended as a forum for MPs to raise the profile and understanding of shellfish aquaculture in Parliament, bridging the gap between the industry and government.
Commenting on the APPG’s formation, Mr Carmichael said:
“At a time of significant change for the shellfish industry, I am glad to be part of a group to bring our producers’ concerns higher up the political agenda. The new all-party group needs to be a focus for advocacy with ministers and greater understanding of issues that need to be addressed to support the industry.
“This is a vital sector for the isles that has continued potential for growth if we get the right trade structures in place between our businesses and their most important markets. We are rightly proud of the growth of isles shellfish in past years – we need cross-party working to back our coastal communities and industries and maintain that success.”