Recommendations for delivering a profitable, sustainable and fair supply chain for the langoustine (nephrops) industry have been published today. The Scottish Nephrops Working Group report highlights the value of the export market to the sector, which was £100 million in 2019.
The Group has set out seven strategies and accompanying recommendations to position quality Scottish langoustine as the number one choice globally. This includes proposals to help recover and develop new markets; to improve efficiency, environmental sustainability and product quality; to encourage investment and innovation; and to increase the information available across the supply chain.
Chair of the Scottish Nephrops Working Group, Uel Morton said, “We commissioned independent research to more fully understand the recent economic challenges facing the sector as well as the best ways to position our world-class produce. There is a strong desire from the catching and processing sectors to build a better and more sustainable future for their industry, which supports Scotland’s climate change ambitions. The recommendation to create a new Programme Board and workstreams provides a mechanism for hands-on industry experts to get involved, taking forward the work that now needs to be done.
“It’s important to acknowledge the invaluable input from Seafood Scotland in getting us to this point. It will continue to have a key role in terms of access to funding and providing coordination across the industry. Looking to the future, the role of Government is also vital, enabling the sector and our coastal communities to deliver a more prosperous future.”
Read the full report here.