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Fishermen urged to prepare for a post-coronavirus world

By David G Scott

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A CHARITY for fishermen has highlighted the impact the coronavirus epidemic is having on the industry – and says it is there to help.

The crisis is having a major impact on the local fishing industry and the Scrabster-based branch of the Fishermen’s Mission is urging fishermen to get ready for the months to come.

Jackie Dodds, Fishermen’s Mission port officer in Caithness, explains the urgency to act now.

“We know life for our fishermen is very tough at present, but we have to be realistic and recognise that Covid-19 will impact our lives for months to come," she said.

Port officer Jackie Dodds says the Fisherman's Mission is ready to provide guidance and practical help.
Port officer Jackie Dodds says the Fisherman's Mission is ready to provide guidance and practical help.

"As some lockdown measures begin to be lifted there is hope for better days ahead, but we also fear there could be longer-term problems with debt, as payment holidays and government support schemes come to an end. We are urging our fishermen to act now to get their personal paperwork and business affairs in order.”

The good news is that the mission is able to help local fishermen.

Jackie says the organisation remains "a trusted friend", always ready to listen, to offer guidance and to give practical support whatever the future may hold.

Appealing directly to local fishermen, she said: “With such uncertain times ahead, a little preparation can go a long way and it will really help us to help you.

"Here at the Fishermen’s Mission we understand the unique pressures fishermen can face, both financial and personal. You can talk to us in complete confidence and we can access specialist advice on your behalf.

"If you need any support now or in the future, please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

Jackie can be contacted at the Fishermen’s Mission in Scrabster by calling 07774116386 or email CaithnessMPO@fishermensmission.org.uk

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