A new resilience group has been granted £1 million in funding to support the langoustine sector through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Scottish Nephrops Working Group will investigate the challenges facing the sector and develop a long-term strategy to cement Scotland’s position as a leading supplier of high quality langoustine.
The sector has been badly affected by the pandemic and uncertainty around Brexit. “They are Scotland’s second largest seafood export and the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant effect on the sector with markets remaining depressed and low prices throughout the supply chain,” said Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing.
“Nephrops are critically important to the future of our seafood sector and many coastal communities in Scotland, supporting thousands of local jobs,” he added.
The Scottish Nephrops fleet comprises 450 vessels, adding approximately £80 million to the economy, the second highest value seafood product in Scotland.
“The Scottish Nephrops Working Group will be critical to the sectors future,” said chair of the Scottish Nephrops Working Group, Uel Morton. “The sector is one of the most fragile areas of Scotland’s economy, yet it delivers so much in terms of employment and exports.”
The working group is expected to oversee the implementation and progress of the new strategy over the next two years.