West coast MSP urges fishermen to participate in new MCA safety consultation

Kate Forbes MSP is urging fishermen in the West Highlands to attend an event organised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as the organisation consults on a new safety code for the industry.

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

The consultation event takes place at Mallaig’s RNLI Station, at the village harbour, on Wednesday 30 October between 1 and 4pm.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “This is a very important initiative from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

“Fishing remains one of the most dangerous jobs in Scotland and we all want to reduce fatalities and accidents at sea.

“I am pleased that the MCA is consulting fishermen in the Highlands, and is going to be in Mallaig at the end of October.

“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.”

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