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Macduff harbour to benefit from a share of £1.8million Scottish Government funding

By Jonathan Clark

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Macduff harbour.
Macduff harbour.

MACDUFF harbour is one of around 20 in Scotland that will benefit from a share of £1.8million in Scottish Government funding for safety and improvement work.

The funding, announced by Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing, will provide "necessary investment" for improvements and help harbours that have lost income from landing fees due to Brexit, the Scottish Government said.

Money provided for Macduff harbour will be used for "additional improvements".

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson welcomed the funding.

He said: "This is necessary investment to help mitigate against the very real impact of Brexit for the fishing communities across the north-east of Scotland.

"Many fishing communities are losing key landing fees from vessels and as a result essential investment they need for business.

“I am grateful for the Scottish Government’s commitment to step in to help with this financial support.

“It is obvious there needs to be clearer guidance too for EU vessels and their agents so they can have confidence and continue to land in our ports and I support the Fisheries Secretary’s efforts to encourage this.”

More than half a million (£534,979) has been set aside for repair works in Fraserburgh, with cash also going to Peterhead for various improvements ranging from collection and disposal of waste from fishing fleet to quay cleaning.

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