UK: Investment by Shetland pelagic fleet nets environmental benefits

Published Mar 1, 2024

Tridge summary

The Shetland pelagic fleet has made significant investments in new vessels and advanced fish handling technology, leading to environmental benefits and aiding the Scottish food sector's progress towards net-zero targets. Despite challenges due to a quota shares dispute, the fleet, which is nearing the end of a renewal cycle, continues to lead in catching premium mackerel, herring, and blue whiting with minimal carbon emissions. In 2023, UHI Shetland, in collaboration with the SPFA and the Scottish Government's Marine Directorate, processed thousands of fish and otoliths from these fisheries, contributing to the assessment and management of commercial fish stocks.
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Investment by Shetland pelagic fleet nets environmental benefits. Investment in new vessels and the latest state-of-the-art fish handling technology has ensured that the Shetland pelagic fleet is at the forefront of catching premium mackerel, herring and blue whiting where carbon emissions are kept as low as possible, and in the process, help ensure the Scottish food sector progresses on its path towards meeting overall net-zero targets. Indeed, the eight-vessel strong fleet in Shetland is on the cusp of having undergone a complete renewal cycle over the last eight years once the new Antarctic, currently being built in Spain, is delivered in the summer 2024. Seven of the boats in the fleet are members of the Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation, and according to Chief Executive Brian Isbister, this renewal is a remarkable achievement and testament to the dedication of Shetland fishing families in ensuring a sustainable future and protecting global food security through the ...
Source: Fish Focus
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