The Scottish seafood sector faces challenges brought by Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic The Scottish seafood sector faces challenges brought by Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic

Seafood Scotland has appointed Kevin McDonell as chair of the board where he will become responsible for supporting the industry through the Brexit transition as well as managing the long-term response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He will also build on Seafood Scotland’s existing work to promote sustainable business development in the sector, domestically and internationally.

Kevin has 12 years of experience as chief executive of the West of Scotland Fish Producers Organisation and 12 years served on the board at Seafood Scotland. He takes over from John Anderson, who will remain on the board.

Kevin said he was pleased to step up at a poignant and highly critical period for our industry. “While the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK’s imminent exit from the EU has provided an uncertain landscape for those in the catching, processing and wider seafood industry, we have shown we can be resilient before, and I look forward to working with businesses to capitalise on potential growth opportunities,” he said.

“The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will likely affect every aspect of the way we operate, impacting the way we source, process and distribute our goods for export, as well as where those goods might be going. Therefore, it is vital that we remain focused on promoting profitable, sustainable market opportunities,” he concluded.

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