The European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has approved money for Bluefin Tuna tagging in the Hebrides which should bring a welcome boost to the economy of the islands but especially to Harris.

Bluefin Tuna have been seen in increasing numbers around the Hebrides, but Scotland was not included in the previous tagging scheme. Angus B MacNeil MP has been working with fishermen in Harris, cajoling and arguing in all corners to have a catch and release scheme similar to that in operation in Donegal, Ireland which would allow development of this type of angling.

Commenting Mr MacNeil said

“I congratulate the dogged determination of people like Grant Fulton and Angus Campbell from the Isle of Harris, who have seen the opportunity with Bluefin Tuna and have worked with me to give the Outer Hebrides the opportunity to have a scheme similar to the one in Donegal.

“This funding from the EMFF is great progress and will hopefully encourage those in other parts of the islands to get involved and join the fishermen in Harris so that boats throughout the isles can help each other in spotting Bluefin Tuna.

“ This is hopefully the start of something exciting which will inspire more people to get involved.

“Again, congratulations to those in Harris particularly Grant Fulton and Angus Campbell whose enthusiasm and hard work have been instrumental in getting this money to the Outer Hebrides.”