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Scotland’s quality seafood exporters are facing Brexit barriers.
An element of this was to be expected after leaving the EU, but it is worse than feared.
Others are trying to muscle in on customers who formerly bought from Scottish businesses while our exporters are strangled by red tape and hobbled by delays.
What this means is that many small family businesses in fishing villages are suffering. As the Clyde Fishermen’s Association notes, people’s wellbeing and the future of communities are under threat.
And the jury is still out on whether promised government support will make a difference. Or will it be too little, too late.
One thing we do know for certain, though, is that fishing communities are true communities, and folk look after each other.
After helping out in a practical way by making much-needed scrubs to help the coronavirus effort, the volunteer stitchers led by Nikki Thompson have made a fantastic cash donation to the hospital as the cherry on the cake.
Let’s hope the dedicated and hard-working staff benefit from it directly. They deserve it after a tough year.