MSP urges fishermen to take part in safety consultation

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Fishermen in the West Highlands are being urged by Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes to attend a consultation event for new safety codes.

There have been 46 fatalities on small fishing vessels in the past decade, sparking calls for improvements on mandatory requirements for machinery, crew protection and man overboard recovery.

The event has been organised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and takes place at the Mallaig RNLI Station on Wednesday October 30 between 1pm and 4pm.

Ms Forbes said: ‘Fishing remains one of the most dangerous jobs in Scotland and we all want to reduce fatalities and accidents at sea.

‘I know that the MCA have been developing a new code of practice, with new requirements. It is important that these requirements are developed in collaboration with the fishermen themselves.

‘Too often lives are lost and it is important that requirements are meaningful so that they are implemented by fishing crews.’