Economic Development acts as a link between the Council and the fishing industry both onshore and offshore.
The 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.
Important facts of Aberdeenshire fishing 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 only manufacturer of canned seafood products within the UK is in Fraserburgh
- Aberdeenshire ports account for around half of UK fish landings - over £240m 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.
- North East Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership, which is the forum where industry meet to advise the three Local Authorities in the area of fishing issues
- North Sea Commission Marine Resources Group (A transnational local authority partnership, which aims to represent and develop the economic and wider interests of coastal communities around the North Sea)
- Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions has representation from 183 local and regional maritime regions of Europe