SHELLFISH EXPORTERS PROTEST AT WESTMINSTER
Shellfish exporters protest at Westminster. Shell fish exporters from around the UK travelled to Westminster yesterday, to protest against the new Brexit regulations, which are causing devastation to the industry. Scottish Seafood company, D. R. Collin and son, from Eyemouth, issued the following statement:
“We have been asked to take part in a peaceful protest with another 20+ Shellfish Exporters from around the whole of the UK in connection with the current difficulties that the seafood industry is facing due to the new Brexit regulations.
“The industry is being tied in knots with paperwork requirements which would be easy enough to navigate, given that companies have put in the time and training in order to have all the relevant procedures in place for 1st January 2021.
“However all the training is going to waste as the technology is outdated and cannot cope with the demands being placed on it – which in turn is resulting in no produce being able to leave the UK.
“These are not “teething issues” as reported by the Government and the consequences of these problems will be catastrophic on the lives of fishermen, fishing towns and the shellfish industry as a whole.
“Action needs to be taken urgently to allow the procedures to be realigned in a manner which reflects the time restraints faced in the export of live shellfish to Europe.
“We are trying to adapt our business together with our customers with a view to come into line with the new regulations however no one is listening to our industry.”
About D.R. Collin & Son
D. R. Collins & Son supply award winning restaurants around the country and around the world. Fished in local waters, landed in Eyemouth, delivered to your door, they proud of the fact they monitor and oversee every stage of their produce.
Established in 1952, D. R. Collin & Son is based in Eyemouth, Berwickshire in the South of Scotland. The town lies 5 miles north of the English border, where the mouth of the river Eye provides a natural harbour.