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Research needed before offshore wind farms east of Shetland are built, fishing industry warns

SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association (SFA) has again called for “urgent research” into offshore wind development’s impact on the industry after developers were announced for three sites to the east of the isles. SFA executive officer Daniel Lawson said the areas in question overlapped with known haddock nursery grounds and saithe spawning sites, two of the Shetland […] Shetland News …


Protest against ‘destructive’ gillnetting held at Market Cross

A PROTEST was held at the Market Cross in Lerwick on Saturday morning against the “ugly world” of gillnetting in the fishing industry. The event was organised by members of the Fishing Forward UK group, which wants to see greater ecological, social and economic sustainability in the UK catching and processing sectors. Organiser Arlene Robertson […] Shetland News …


Candidate says it would be ‘inappropriate’ to give pledge to one industry group

WHILE the overwhelming majority of council election candidates have signed Shetland Fishermen’s Association’s pledge, some have decided against putting pen to paper. Explaining his decision to “respectfully decline” the invitation to sign the pledge, Lerwick South candidate Dennis Leask said: “For me, a councillor is elected to serve their voters on ward issues and Shetland-wide […] Shetland News …


Industry challenges highlighted as fishermen’s federation chief makes trip north

THE SCOTTISH Fishermen’s Federation chief executive has used a visit to Shetland to highlight the challenges posed to the industry by high fuel prices, “mismatched” quotas and other marine developments. Elspeth Macdonald was in the islands on Thursday to meet local industry representatives, including a visit to Lerwick Fishmarket. She said the industry – which […] Shetland News …