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PM pledges compensation for export hurdles – Statement from Scottish Seafood Association. Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments, Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association, said: “We welcome Boris Johnson’s unequivocal promise of compensation for fisheries businesses affected by the nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles that have been erected since 1st January.

“This is just what we have been calling for in numerous meetings with government officials over the past few days. We now look forward to engaging with the Government on the detail of the package on offer and working with both the UK and Scottish governments to clear the path for exports to resume as normal.”

About the Scottish Seafood Association

The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA), was formed in 2011 in response to a growing need for a national body to represent the whole of Scotland’s seafood, processing and trading sectors. We now have around 70 members from across Scotland. Almost half of the 12,000 jobs supported by the UK processing sector are based in Scotland (5000, with 3800 in Grampian alone). England also has around 5000 working directly in the sector with the remainder working across Wales and Northern Ireland. Many more are employed indirectly in supply and servicing businesses.

Against a backdrop of increasingly challenging economic, environmental and regulatory conditions, the Association’s principle aim is to ensure that the Scottish seafood processing sector enjoys a viable and long-term future which will continue to support local economies, create jobs and open up career opportunities for our young people.

Its biggest assets are its products and its people. Scotland has a global reputation for the quality and range of its seafood. SSA members are recognised as being among the world’s leading suppliers and processors of quality seafood products to regional, national and global markets.

Their primary objectives are to ensure that Scottish seafood is the first choice for the consumer and that Scottish processors are the first choice of supply.