Economic Development acts as a link between the Council and the fishing industry both onshore and offshore.

Boxed codThe service provides advice on all development issues relevant to fishing and access to a variety of networks and information including trade development opportunities and EU schemes to assist fishing dependent communities adjust to changes in the industry.


  • Peterhead is North East Scotland's principal deep water harbour catering for a wide range of users from fishing vessels pursuing pelagic and demersal species through Offshore supply vessels, subsea support vessels, heavy lift barges, tankers and cruise liners
  • Fraserburgh is the UK's main Nephrops (Atlantic Prawn) port
  • The largest manufacturer of canned seafood products within the UK is in Aberdeenshire
  • Aberdeenshire ports account for 33% around half of UK fish landings - over £150m per annum
  • The wider industry employs approximately 6,000 people in the area
  • 320 vessels are registered in local ports

The Council provides access to information and contacts both nationally and internationally through the networks below.



  • Volume and Value
  • TAC and Quotas
  • Employment and Fleet Size


Further Information

North East Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership (NESFDP)

Please click here to view a video of Cairnbulg Beach Clean from Ian Hay, East Grampian Coastal Partnership.


Contact: Industry Support Executive (Rural & Maritime)


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