Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil has today written to the Immigration Minister Brandon
Lewis asking him to go and meet with fishing groups in the west coast of Scotland
to deal with crewing issues.
Mr MacNeil said: “Yet again we have seen another boat lose a perfectly capable fisherman
from Ghana due to the spurious argument that they are not fishing outside the 12
mile limit which the UK Government calls international waters.
“Calling out with the 12 mile limit, international waters is a very interesting concept
given that post-Brexit the UK Government wants to have control of waters up to 200
He added: “The reality is that this is something within the gift of the UK government,
they are damaging industry in Scotland because of their particularly strange view
of migrant workers and a lack of understanding.
“The only way this is going to change is if the Minister Brandon Lewis comes to the
islands, sees fishing boats and fishermen and tries to help rather than, as we have
had from successive immigration ministers, the blocking and hindrance to what is
“Particularly in the West Coast of Scotland which has the largest national fishery
area classified within 12 miles by the European Union, although most of it is more
than 12 miles from land.”