Interview of the Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead at ESE 2013, Brussels (April 23, 2013)
by Bertrand Charron, SeafoodIntelligence.com Editor. Posted 02.05.2013
Of Scottish seafood’s Premiumisation, ‘Mackerel War’, Climate Change and Scottish Independence…
The Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead gave SeafoodIntelligence an exclusive interview at the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) in Brussels last week (April 23). He commented on the ‘Premiumisation’ of Scottish seafood and on the latest round of EFF grants; gave the Scottish take on the ongoing, 4-year long & un-sustainable ‘mackerel war’ between the EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faeroes – and suggestions as how to end the stalemate (NE Atlantic mackerel will in 2013 will likely overfished by 50%!); Mr Lochhead also expanded on preparedness & mitigation to climate change impacts; and last but not least: made the fisheries case for Scottish Independence…
1) On the ‘Premiumisation’ of Scottish seafood & the latest round of EFF grants
Minister R. Lochhead:
“World demand for seafood is continuing to rise and that offer a fantastic opportunity for Scotland as a major European producing nation. We are very lucky to have a large number of innovating companies who are very much exports-orientated. And given my desire for us to add value to every fish landed in Scotland, I want to support the premiumisation of Scottish seafood to tap into those opportunities. Therefore it is very encouraging that in the latest round of fisheries grants – which amounts to £2.6 million – there are many processing companies as well as many fishing vessels wanting to adapt, innovate and expand into the future. So that’s clearly a vote of confidence in the future of the seafood sector in Scotland.”
[Re. £438,007 funding to supply a personal flotation device to every fisherman in Scotland]
“Clearly safety at sea is something we treat very seriously and too many fishermen in the past have paid the ultimate price for putting fish on our table. Therefore I’m very encouraged that the fishing organizations have come forward with this proposal for every fisherman in Scotland to have a personal floatation device, and that is a very good use of public money to support that safety-at-sea initiative, and that’s part of the professionalization of the industry in Scotland.”
2) Commenting on the Mackerel Dispute: what is the solution to end this 4-year deadlock?
“Because the mackerel stock is of enormous value to so many different countries and with it being an international stock, it’s very important that we have a international management framework in place, otherwise the stock will not be here in a few years time – potentially – and that would be an economic and social disaster for many fishing communities relying upon it. And of course it is a health food which it would be irresponsible to jeopardize.
“So for both conservation and economic reasons, we really have to get back into place an international agreement. If every country took the view that we’ll fish that stock as much as possible when it’s in its own waters, then clearly that’s a recipe for disaster and will spell the end of a very important successful stock. That’s why it’s really important we do everything we can to persuade Iceland and the Faeroese Islands to come back to the negotiating table.
“There was after all a management regime in place for a decade which has let the stock get healthy in the first place, and that should be remembered.
“If all countries’ response is moving forward, we can have a healthy stock for decades to come. But if countries walk away from international agreements, or refuse to participate and set their own unilateral quotas, then we’re all losers. […] I hope Iceland the Faroese will both recognize the need to come back to the negotiating table and do just that: negotiate..
“After fifteen rounds of negotiations, we’re clearly at a stalemate, a complete deadlock… I have suggested that perhaps we should have a look at having an international mediator, have someone come-in from the outside, get some fresh impetus in the negotiations. If we want to persuade these countries to come back to the negotiating table, perhaps the table should look a bit different… and that’s why I think that perhaps there should be an international mediator. If anyone else has any better idea, I’m all open to hear them. I’ve not heard of any alternative ideas coming forward.
“We have to be responsible as the EU, and all countries which are part of the EU are part of this framework also.”
[When SeafoodIntelligence put it to the Minister that when speaking to the Faroese official/Head of Negotiating team, the Faroese Government in February said it had not been formally made aware of Mr Lochhead’s proposal to bring-in an international mediator; Did that mean that the EU/EC had not put such offer forward to Iceland and the Faroese? Is such proposal now in the pipeline?]
“Well, many countries are very sensitive of not giving any advantage to any other countries at the moment. And of course we’re awaiting the science this year from the tri-annual survey of [mackerel] eggs to understand the state of the stocks.
“But there are discussions going on within Europe over the potential of bringing an international mediator. Likewise we’ve been promised sanctions time and time again by the European Union. We have to show our own fishermen that we are able to protect their interests when they have been responsible, and of course not rewarding irresponsible behaviour is a key principle in this debate.
“But let me be clear: my complete preference is for the countries to come back to the negotiating table and amicably reach an agreement that we can all sign-up to, so that we don’t have to go down the road of sanctions or whatever.
“However, we do have to find ways to persuade these countries to come back to the negotiating table in the first place – if sanctions have a role to play in that then they should come into play as soon as possible – and if a mediator could help with those negotiations once we are back at the negotiating table, if we have then a better chance of succeeding – then I think that’s a good thing to do as well.”
Any date pencilled-in for future round of negotiations?
“My understanding is that Europe is waiting for an indication that the Faroese and Iceland are willing to negotiate”.
3) As this last winter has exemplified, sudden climate change events can take their toll on the economic life of Scots… Has Scotland taken any steps as regards to preparedness to climate change and mitigation of its potential impacts?
“The impact of climate change is a very serious issue that the fishing industry understands has to be central to our future vision for our seas. Climate change of course will impact on the biologies of our seas, which in turn impact on location and behaviour of fish stocks.
We have to have as much research as possible in the coming decades to understand the active factors at sea. We can see changing behaviours of stocks. There are many assumptions that climate change is one of the factors behind that but it’s very difficult to have evidence. But warming waters clearly is having a direct effect on fish stocks. What’s difficult is to measure the extents.
We already have in Scotland and throughout the British Isles co-operation over science that looks at the impacts of climate change, and that takes into account our seas and provides some projections of potential changes of fish stocks behaviour. Given the fertility over cod stocks for the last ten years, many scientists believe climate change is playing at least some role in that.
At the moment, we have prawn stock are not appearing in the usual numbers for this time of year, and many fishermen tell me this is because of colder weather at this time of year. Again that is related to climate change.
“So there is a whole variety of ways in which climate change will impact the future of the fishing industry. We may be fishing different stocks in the decades ahead. That’s why it is so important that fisheries regulations are flexible and easy to adapt to climate change and not fixed in time which would be counter-productive in terms of how we manage our fisheries.”
4) Last… but not least: Is it part of the governmental brief to advise what would be the impact a future potential Scottish Independence would have on the Scottish fishing/seafood sector? [NB: Mr Lochhead, as a member of Scottish Government is a member of the ruling Scottish National Party – SNP – in favour of Scottish Independence: A referendum on the topic will take place in September 2014].
“One of the big challenges of fishing in the recent decades has been copping with ill-fitting one-size-fits-all policies from Brussels.
“Because fishing is not a priority for the UK Government, but it is for Scotland because it is much more economically important, Independence would give us the possibility to influence the future of the fisheries policy to a much greater degree, as well as providing the ability to protect our fishing rights and ensure that our own fishermen are able to fish the stocks in their own waters.
“In 1973, when the UK went into Europe, the Conservative Party at the time said that fishing was expendable. They took Scotland into the Common Fisheries Policy [CFP] which has caused enormous damage to people’s lives, fishing communities and fisheries conservation.
“Therefore, Independence would give Scotland the power to have greater influence on fisheries policy and a greater say in Europe as well.”
A few relevant backgrounders on the SeafoodIntelligence.com News Database:
1) On the ‘Mackerel War’
- EU Fisheries & Politics : UNSUSTAINABLE mackerel fishing: “The option of trade sanctions is of course on the table” – Damanaki (16.04.2013)
- Editorial : LOSE-LOSE: ‘INTERNATIONAL’ condemnation re. “yet another unilateral” mackerel quota decision(28.03.2013).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : FAROESE announce 2013 mackerel quota of 125,852t; ‘End of the line’ nearing for Atlantic mackerel? (26.03.2013)
- Sustainability : SCOTTISH retailers urged by Government to source local seafood; “Clarifying” mackerel sustainability(28.02.2013)
- Politics : ‘MOVEMENTS in the right direction… But’ – Faroese Government’s position in ongoing ‘Mackerel War’(28.02.2013)
- Politics : CALL for international mediator in ‘mackerel war’ with Iceland & Faroes backed in Scottish Parliament(08.02.2013).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : ICELAND sets its 2013 mackerel quota, 15% cut vs. 2012, ‘in line with science’; Scots protest(04.02.2013).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : ‘GAME CHANGER’: Scots urge “fresh approach” to solve mackerel dispute; International mediator(28.01.2013).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : QUOTE & COUNTER-quote: Are UK & Scottish plants processing Icelandic & Faroese mackerel?(25.01.2013).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : AFTER mackerel… Faroese withdrawal from international management plan for Atlanto-Scandian herring (23.01.2013).
- Editorial : MCS downgrade: “Mackerel should no longer be appearing so regularly on your dinner plate” (23.01.2013).
- Quotation of the Day : ‘SENSIBLE’?… Will market differentiate between mackerel caught by responsible Scottish vessels’?(23.01.2013).
- Quotation of the Day : EU fishers “accuse Icelandic Government of a disingenuous propaganda exercise over mackerel dispute” (17.12.2012).
- Labelling Fraud : ‘MACKEREL WAR’: Scots accuse Iceland of “cynical propaganda” as it briefs English seafood industry(21.11.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : NORWAY Pelagic in the red; Mackerel prices drop by 40% this year: ‘War’ with Iceland/Faroese blamed (25.10.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : ‘MACKEREL WAR’: EU sanctions agreed against Iceland & Faroes; But EC may ask for 2013 quota cuts (26.09.2012).
- Science & Society : INTERNATIONAL scientists embark on ecological-time scale approach to “solve” marckerel management (25.09.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : ‘MACKEREL WAR’: EP authorises trade sanctions against third countries allowing unsustainable fishing (13.09.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : MACKEREL back on European agenda; Scottish Fisheries Secretary calls for breakthrough in stalemate (03.09.2012).
- Science & Society : INTERNATIONAL scientists embark on ecological-time scale approach to “solve” marckerel management (17.07.2012).
- Certification : SAVING GRACE or time-buying for MSC-ed NE Atlantic mackerel fisheries? Of politics, lobbying & media(27.06.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : EURO MPs demand end to ‘mackerel war’ before Iceland joins EU; Mackerel sanction plans on the cards (27.04.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : THE DAY the NE Atlantic mackerel MSC certificates died… But “suspended”, not “withdrawn” – MSC (02.04.2012).
- Quotation of the Day : “Time for the EU to get tough on mackerel as negotiations with Iceland and Faroes” – Irish Gov’t(21.02.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : FAROESE Exchequer derived important revenues from mackerel quota auction; Will set unilateral quota? (01.02.2012).
- Sustainability : LANDINGS not the only ones “at risk”: unsustainable fishing is neither holy mackerel nor red herring(31.01.2012).
- Politics : MACKEREL WAR: Will MSC eco-label suspension threat prevail where diplomacy failed? 90 days’ notice(04.01.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : FAROESE Prime Minister criticizes EU Commission’s forceful stance on mackerel; Will go to WTO?(16.12.2011).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : FAROESE Exchequer derived important revenues from mackerel quota auction; Will set unilateral quota? (12.11.2011).
- Climate Change : “WARMER seas will leave salmon emaciated”; Of ghrelin & “voluntary anorexia”: Challenges ahead(07.11.2011).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : IRISH & UK Ministers agree to work together to secure “fair” mackerel deal for Iceland & the Faroes (24.10.2011).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : MACKEREL WAR: Scottish fishermen “anticipating developments” re. sanctions against Iceland Faroes (09.09.2011).
- Quotation of the Day : OF ICELAND, mackerel war & EU accession: Iceland plans to negotiate to maintain quota-setting power (29.06.2011).
- Climate Change : ICELAND fished very little for mackerel 3 years ago; Now its quota is double that of Ireland’s fleet(29.06.2011).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : ‘MACKEREL WAR’ escalates as Irish Minister demands trade sanctions against Faroese Islands(28.06.2011).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : MACKEREL stocks will be overfished by 45-50% in 2011; Scots angry @ “missed opportunity”(24.06.2011).
- Certification : MACKEREL WAR may lead all EU mackerel stocks to lose MSC cert; McDonald’s MSC Filet-O-Fish(09.06.2011).
- Fisheries Management : MACKEREL WAR likely to lead 2011 quotas to be 50% above ICES recommendations; Russia’s pelagic shift (07.06.2011).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : MACKEREL quota ‘war’ to top agenda of Scottish meeting between fishermen & minister today(27.05.2011).
- Politics : ‘MACKEREL WAR’: “Faroese Gov’t takes seriously obligations under the UN Law of the Sea Convention”(19.04.2011).
- Certification : FAROESE mackerel fishery exits MSC programme: Certifier confirms independent adjudicator’s decision(14.04.2011).
- Politics : MACKEREL WAR (Part x+2): Anger at Faroes decision to massively self-increase their mackerel quota(15.03.2011).
- Certification : ‘MACKEREL WAR’ casualty: Faroe Islands’ bid to seek MSC certification for mackerel fishery fails(31.01.2011).
- Certification : INDEPENDENT adjudicator’s objection to Faroese mackerel fishery’s eco-certification; ‘Mackerel war’(23.12.2011).
- HOT News : SANCTIONS: EC considering measures against countries acting outside international fishery agreements(14.12.2010).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : ‘MACKEREL WAR’: Common call for settlement on mackerel; Scots concerned over “defiant” Iceland (13.09.2010).
- Politics : ICELAND’s perspective on ongoing ‘Mackerel War’: “the EU and Norway are no less responsible” (06.09.2010).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : ICELAND admits 75% of bumper mackerel quota already caught; Outrage in the UK (30.08.2010).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : STEVENSON calls for blockade of Iceland and Faroes in ‘Mackerel War’; Row over quotas escalates (23.08.2010).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : EUROPEAN Commission expresses concern on unilateral mackerel quota declared by Faroe Islands (09.08.2010).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : NORWAY bans mackerel landings from Faroese & Icelandic ships; Iceland’s EU accession process starts (30.07.2010).
- Certification : SCOTTISH Government’s move to challenge Faroese MSC accreditation for mackerel gets industry support(24.06.2010).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : “CHEEKY Icelanders pushing their luck” on EU fishing rights; Disputed mackerel stocks – EP seminar (11.06.2010).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : DIALOGUE “essential”: Scottish MEP hails mackerel talks with Faroese Ministers as ‘constructive’(10.04.2010).
- Fisheries Management : SUSTAINABILITY of Scotland’s main pelagic stock (MSC-certified mackerel) potentially under threat (12.10.2009).
- Politics : ICELAND proposes meeting with European Union, Norway and Faroeses to settle mackerel dispute (15.04.2009).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : “EXAGGERATED LEVEL”: European Commission deeply concerned about Iceland’s unilateral mackerel quota (03.04.2009).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : IRISH pleased with outcome of EU-Faroese Island-Norway talks: +33% 2009 mackerel catch TAC increase (07.11.2008).
2) On Scotland & Seafood Exports:
- 2012 Retrospective : LABEL Rouge Scottish salmon exports up 7%; Producing a premium in times of economic difficulties(18.04.2013).
- Trade & Economy : SCOTTISH salmon exports to Far East leap 1,172% in three years… “Even niches of niches are huge”(07.01.2013).
- Emerging Markets : ‘HUGE opportunity as salmon overtakes tuna as first choice for sushi & sashimi market in Japan’(13.11.2012).
- Quotation of the Day : FISHING sector speaks up on ‘misleading articles & perceived innuendo’: “Aquaculture is different”(09.11.2012).
- Trade & Economy : CHINA is in Scottish salmon farmers’ good (order) book; High-level EC, Chinese delegation visit(21.09.2012).
- EU Fisheries & Politics : SCOTTISH fishermen slam report for its “misleading information”; Perhaps a matter of perspective…?(23.08.2012).
- EU Aquaculture & Politics : SALMON farming: one of most successful Scottish sectors; But EU sector trails far behind China, Asia (24.01.2012).
- Trade & Economy : CHINA now the destination of one fifth of Scot salmon exports; Potential for more (cautious) growth(12.12.2011).
- Politics : ‘NOBEL effect” impacting Norwegian salmon exports but boosts China’s appetite for Scottish salmon… (17.10.2011).
- Editorial : SCOTTISH oil/marine energy the focus of Chinese investors; How long before aquaculture is in sight?(11.01.2011).
3) On Climate Change & Fisheries/Aquaculture impacts
- Climate Change : SEA SURFACE temperatures reach highest level in 150 years on NE Continental Shelf; Fisheries impacts(01.05.2013).
- Quotation of the Day : “There can be no truly ‘green economy’ without a ‘blue economy’” – FAO Director-General(12.04.2013).
- Climate Change : ADAPTATION & impacts mitigation: US National strategy ‘will help safeguard fish, wildlife & plants’(04.04.2013).
- Sustainability : “PUBLIC worldwide supports ocean sustainability” – Global Ocean Commission survey in 13 countries(20.03.2013).
- GeoPolitics : STRENGHTENED governance & management needed to prevent rush for Arctic resources – UNEP (19.02.2013).
- Science & Society : GEO-ENGINEERING: ‘rock dissolving’ method analysed; “…likely that iron will also impact marine life”(22.01.2013).
- Climate Change : Livelihoods in Pacific Islands under increasing threat – UNEP report notes “unsustainable fishing”(03.12.2012).
- Climate Change : DARKENED waters in Baltic Sea, North Sea & Norway’s fjords may mean fewer fish, more jellyfish…(20.11.2012).
- Climate Change : SCIENTISTS predict major (600 miles) shifts in Pacific top predators & ecosystems by 2100 (25.09.2012).
- Climate Change : PACIFIC Island countries/territories concerned re. climate change impacts on fisheries & aquaculture(13.06.2012).
- CSR, Transparency & Ethics : PUBLIC consultation re. seafood greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions assessment; Ends June 26(12.06.2012).
- Sustainability : NATURE paper predicts “imminent irreversible planetary collapse”; World “tipping point” is nigh…(07.06.2012).
- Climate Change : CLEAR INDICATIONS that climate change is affecting fish stocks; Potential aquaculture impacts(09.05.2012).
- Tragedy : CATASTROPHIC events in 2011 caused fewer deaths than in 2010 but incurred record monetary costs(05.04.2012).
- Science & Society : OF PERCEPTION, reporting & reality: Experts question claims re. “speculative” jellyfish populations(02.02.2012).
- Climate Change : FIRST UK independent climate change risk assessment; Fisheries aquaculture & marine sectors impacts(27.01.2012).
- Climate Change : TWIN EVIL: ‘Unprecedented’ man-made ocean acidification trends; Higher CO2 impacts fishes’ brains?(23.01.2012).
- Climate Change : GLOBAL warming changes parasite-host in fish balance; Implications for fisheries & aquaculture(05.12.2011).
- Climate Change : EFFECT of climate change to further degrade fisheries resources; “strong governance system needed”(21.11.2011).
- Climate Change : “WARMER seas will leave salmon emaciated”; Of ghrelin & “voluntary anorexia”: Challenges ahead(07.11.2011).
- GeoPolitics : “THE ARCTIC is really at a time of change. But time is accelerating” – At stake: the planet’s future (14.10.2011).
- Climate Change : MAJOR threats foreseen re. Europe’s changing marine environments; Societal & environmental concerns(14.09.2011).
- Climate Change : STUDY assesses nations’ vulnerabilities to reduced mollusc harvests from ocean acidification (03.08.2011).
- HOT News : ANTARCTIC KRILL help to fertilize ocean with iron; “Implications for managing krill fisheries” (04.07.2011).
- Climate Change : ‘PRODIGAL’ plankton species makes 1st known migration across Northwest Passage; “like an earthquake”(27.06.2011).
- Climate Change : WARMER ARCTIC: what socio-economic impacts? New challenges for fisheries & aquaculture studied(13.05.2011)
- Climate Change : INVESTIGATION climate change effects on Australia’s fisheries; Impacts will differ between fisheries(12.05.2011).
- Climate Change : FIRST KNOWN detrimental impact of southern hemisphere ocean warming on a fish species (20.04.2011).
- Climate Change : KRILL fishing & loss of ice blamed for penguin population changes; Krill stocks down 80% since 1970s(12.04.2011).
- Climate Change : US DOC appoints & convenes 1st Climate Assessment Advisory Committee meeting; Planning begins…(05.04.2011).
- Climate Change : SOME populations of Fraser River salmon are more (i.e. some less) likely to survive climate change(01.04.2011).
- Climate Change : “Potentially catastrophic” climate impacts on food production over long-term; Food security (01.04.2011).
- Trends & Forecasts : POTENTIAL increases in waterborne toxins & microbes harmful to human health; Longer HAB seasons(22.02.2011).
- Trade & Economy : CONCERNS re. aquaculture eco-certs creating trade barriers; Need to anticipate climate change impact(07.02.2011).
- security : WASTAGE is everywhere: Factoring climate change, environmental-friendliness: all part of solution (25.01.2011).
- Food (in)security : “ACIDIFICATION may push already over-stressed oceans into the red” – United Nations report(14.12.2010).
- Climate Change : ALASKA salmon, crab fisheries – & many others – likely to be impacted: State establishing strategies(07.12.2010).
- Climate Change : TWIN EVIL: Ocean acidification threatens marine life, says IUCN guide; “Society shouldn’t wait”(05.11.2010).
- Invasive Species : KING CRAB spread limited by temperature in Southern Ocean/Antarctica; but this could all change…(02.11.2010).
- Climate Change : ARCTIC REPORT Card: NOAA says Arctic region continues to warm at “unprecedented rate” (22.10.2010).
- Natural Resources Management : PINPOINTING threats to life in world’s rivers; Do we need to choose between salmon and tomatoes? (15.10.2010).
- Climate Change : SOUTH-EAST AUSTRALIA fish species impacted; Some shallow cold water spp. have nowhere to escape(09.09.2010).
- Climate Change : OCEAN changes may have dire impact on people; ‘Enormous implications for mankind’ if trend continues(21.06.2010).
- Climate Change : POPs in large concentrations: Climate change-induced airborne arctic pollution an increasing problem(02.06.2010).
- Climate Change : “CLIMATE threatens trout and salmon”: Welsh researchers suggest measures to keep rivers cool(18.05.2010).
- Climate Change : AQUATIC ‘dead zones’/increased oxygen-deprived waters contributing to climate change (12.03.2010).
- Trends & Forecasts : FISHERIES & aquaculture at multiple risks from climate change; FAO report predicts “ocean of change”(11.12.2009).
- Climate Change : FOOD SECURITY in the Pacific @ risk due to climate change; FAO publishes policy brief for Copenhagen (27.11.2009).
- Climate Change : TRILLIONS of $$$: That’s the value of assets along US coast potentially put @ risk by climate change(25.11.2009).
- Food (in)security : WAKE-UP CALL: World leaders vow better governance, more funding & proactive climate change strategy(17.11.2009).
- Climate Change : NORTH ATLANTIC fish populations shifting as ocean temperatures warm; Ecosystem-based management need (03.11.2009).
- Trends & Forecasts : TROPICAL regions to be hardest hit by fisheries shifts caused by climate change; Increase in Arctic(09.10.2009)
- Climate Change : HOW will future sea-level rise affect coastal areas? Key relevance to seafood industry (06.10.2009).
- Climate Change : “FASTER & sooner”: Ocean acidification along California coast decades earlier than predicted…(25.09.2009)
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