Saturday, 28 January 2017

Farming Today talking Brexit at Peterhead.

What is the likely impact of Brexit on UK fisheries? Charlotte Smith visits Peterhead, the UK's largest fish market, in north east Scotland.

Charlotte attends the early morning fish market at Peterhead, humming with activity, as 7,000 boxes of freshly caught fish are sold. Among the twenty varieties under the hammer are some huge halibuts, one of them over 100kg in weight, caught as far north as the Faroe Isles. She meets Jimmy Buchan of BBC2's 'Trawlermen' series who reflects on the longterm impact of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, which led to Peterhead's fleet being cut by over 40% ten years ago. But he's optimistic about the opportunities for fisheries beyond Brexit. Charlotte also speaks to Fisheries Minister George Eustice who lays out his plans for 'reclaiming UK waters'.

Meanwhile, the Peterhead Port Authority is undertaking a £50M infrastructure project that will reshape the port's facilities and fish market for the future.

Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Mark Smalley.