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S5W-04829: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment to the Minister for Immigration on 1 June 2012, whether it will provide an update on how many crew members in the commercial fishing sector in (a) North East Scotland and (b) the rest of the country (i) have earned and (ii) are studying for qualifications relevant to their employment, broken down by nationality.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 30 November 2016

Marine Scotland recently published the 2015 Scottish Sea Fisheries Employment Survey report, which presents fishing related qualifications for crew on a sample of vessels. The report estimates that for all of Scotland:

99.9% of the crew had at least the minimum qualification (or Basic Safety Training) for working on fishing vessels;

0.1% of the crew were enrolled on the Basic Safety Training course and 0.3% on training for other qualifications. All of them were Scottish;

43.9% of Scottish crew were qualified above the Basic Safety Training, and mainly hold skipper and engineering qualifications; and,

Only 8.2% of crew employed on Scottish vessels from the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and 1.4% from non-EEA countries were qualified above the Basic Safety Training.

It is not possible to disaggregate the survey data by region.