The Big Fisheries Question Time and Debate in Peterhead on 30th March
On 30th March the Scotland Office of the European Parliament organised a series of activities in Peterhead, in the North East of Scotland, with three MEPs: Struan Stevenson (Conservative, Scotland), Ian Hudghton (SNP, Scotland) and Chris Davies (LibDem, North West England)
The first event was a round table Q&A session for local businesses. Reprehensive from the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Business and the National Farmers Union attended, as well as individual businessmen and business owners and a number of organisation in the fisheries sector. Topics raised ranged from fisheries to transport logistics and EU funding.
After that, MEPs met pupils from a local school, who had questions on topics ranging from EU Fisheries Policy to Scottish Independence.
Next, the MEPs visited Peterhead Port, for a briefing from Harbour Master John Wallace and then a tour of the area, including a visit to a number of fishing vessels and meetings with skippers.
Finally, the MEPs were joined by Labour Shadow Fisheries Spokesman Fiona O'Donnell MP, for a Fisheries Question Time and Debate at the Waterside Inn, just outside Peterhead. The session was chaired by local BBC journalist Colin Wight and lasted almost two hours. A whole host of fisheries issues were raised and debated, but there was a particular focus on the current reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Some of the issues are captured in this short film that was made by Europarl TV on the day.