A fisheries centre of excellence has been launched that will improve sustainable fishing throughout Scotland.
The different sectors of the fisheries industry - capture, processing and retail - have come together with Government and scientists to establish Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FiS).
A non-profit organisation, it will spearhead a programme of research, knowledge exchange and innovation to help inform and shape the future governance and management of sustainable fisheries. It will also work with similar organisations throughout Europe to develop research links.
It will be overseen by a Board of Trustees chaired by John Goodlad. John has been prominent in the Scottish fishing industry for many years and is chairman of a variety of organisations including the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group and Shetland Catch Ltd.
Other members include; the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, the Scottish White Fish Producers Association, the Seafish Industry Authority, Youngs Seafood, Sainsbury’s and Marine Scotland.
These include educational programmes, exploratory studies, and desk-based projects on the collation, interpretation and reporting of information on specific issues.
Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Fishing is a major industry throughout Scotland and the lifeblood of many rural communities.
“We have Europe’s fourth largest core sea area and 20 per cent of all EU landings were caught in our waters.
“Last year alone Scottish fishermen landed over £400 million of fish and shellfish and it is important that this crucial industry is protected.”