Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government today that £3.5 million worth of support has been allocated for fishing vessels of over 12 metres.

The islands MSP had raised support for fishing vessels over 12 metres in length with the Scottish Government and has been in touch with seafood processing plants in the Western Isles regarding the plight of the industry.

Alasdair Allan said:“I am grateful to the Scottish Government for extending support to vessels over 12 metres in length and for their swift action in implementing grants to support the sector.

“The fishing industry is an integral part of the islands’ economy and, with the virtual collapse of their markets due to the coronavirus outbreak, fishing businesses have been in need of immediate support to ensure their survival.

“I hope that, in the meantime, we can consider ways to increase consumption of local fish and shellfish within Scotland in order to support our local businesses.”