£1 million EU funding boost to showcase Scottish produce at international trade shows.
Support in the latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund will enable
industry body Seafood Scotland to exhibit in seven trade shows around the globe over
the next 12 months.
Alasdair Allan commented: “This funding boost is very welcome for the seafood industry
across the Western Isles.
“It will allow Seafood Scotland to raise awareness and enhance the already considerable
global profile of the overall Scottish Seafood industry, while helping individual
businesses to expand into new markets and increase consumer awareness of their fine
“This is just one of many examples which highlight the importance of EU funding to
the Western Isles, and for the seafood sector across Scotland. Scotland’s fishing
industry is a vital part of the country’s rural economy, with the overall fishing
fleet generating £437 million last year.
“The Western Isles seafood industry contributes considerably to Scotland’s national
exports, so it is vital that our EU funding is protected. This new round of funding
clearly illustrates the crucial importance to Scotland of the European marketplace,
and the opportunities to expand our local businesses and grow our rural economy EU