Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed today’s announcement that the UK has signed a fisheries framework agreement with the Faroe Islands.
Mr Carmichael said, “This is a positive arrangement that provides greater certainty to fishermen in Shetland ahead of our exit from the Common Fisheries Policy at the end of the year. The similarities with the recently agreed UK-Norway arrangement puts the UK in a good position. However, it will only be as good as the political will invested by the Scottish and UK governments to get good deals in the annual negotiations on access and quotas.”
He continued, “The first test for the framework will be the December negotiation where we will be looking for a significant reduction in the Faroese share of the Mackerel catch.”