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Four additional haddock ports
Four fishing ports will be added to the list of those designated for haddock landings.
Haddock can now be landed at Scottish ports of Whitehills, Wick, Arbroath and Macduff by vessels with special haddock permits under EU arrangements introduced earlier this year.
The addition of these ports brings the total number of designated haddock landing ports to 23 and ensures the continuation of tradition within the four communities.
Speaking at the Rural Development Committee, Deputy Fisheries Minsiter Allan Wilson said:
"During the December Fisheries Council, Ministers secured a significant increase in the quota for haddock - the mainstay of the Scottish fleet.
"Under the arrangements secured, vessels must have a special haddock permit to gain access to additional quota for fishing for this species in the North Sea. When fishing with a permit the catch must be landed at specific designated ports.
"A total of 19 ports were originally designated. Today's addition of Whitehills, Wick, Arbroath and Macduff will bring that total to 23 and ensures that these smaller fishing communities can reap the benefits secured in December."
Fishermen will be notified in writing once arrangements have been finalised. Vessel masters who hold a haddock permit will then be free to land at any of the 23 ports specified as haddock ports provided that they give the required notice of four hours.