Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Skippers and vessel owners are asked to have their say on the fishing industry.

The 13th annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet is gathering data on fishing and vessel costs to provide an overview of the financial performance of the fishing industry.

With the UK preparing to exit the European Union, it is vital fishers provide accurate data to paint a clear picture of the performance of the industry for policy makers.

Researchers will be visiting fishing ports between Lochalsh and Uig from 6-9 August.

2017 was a mixed year for the fishing fleet, with operating profit seeing a 4% decrease, but total fishing income rising by £38 million to reach £984 million. Many skippers raised the uncertain political and trade landscape, the availability of fish, oil and fuel price and quota as some of their main concerns. The 2018 survey is a chance for the industry to give up to date information on their successes and upcoming challenges, helping their voices be heard.

This year will also include a social demographic section, asking fishers about their age, qualifications and working arrangements, providing more insight in to the individuals in the catching sector.

Economics Project Manager at Seafish, Steve Lawrence, said: "We have to find out from those on the front line of the fishing industry how their economic performance has been over the past 12 months. This insight means we can keep all those in the sector fully informed on the health of the fleet. For us to be able to keep policy makers informed with our reports we need as many skippers and vessel owners as possible to be involved and have their say."

Mr Lawrence continued: "We appreciate the continued support of the fishing industry in Skye and encourage all skippers and vessel owners in the area to speak to our researchers.

"There is an added benefit for participants; all vessel owners can request a free financial performance benchmark report which allows comparisons with the average performance of similar vessels."

The survey is supported by the national federations and local associations around the UK. All information provided is treated as confidential and no individual vessel figures will be revealed in any report.

Anybody interested in taking part in the survey should contact Steve Lawrence at Seafish on 0131 524 8663 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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