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Fishermen face days at sea fear

Allen Findlay, skipper of Concorde
Allen Findlay said his crew faced challenging times financially

Fishermen have warned they are being forced to tie up their boats for weeks on end, because they have run out of days they are allowed to spend at sea.

It has been claimed the issue could drive many boats out of business.

In Macduff, Allen Findlay - skipper of Concorde - said his seven-strong crew now faced several weeks without pay.

Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said there were problems with the latest EU deal, and has been seeking changes.

Mr Findlay told BBC Scotland he was having to tie up his boat for five weeks, adding: "For the next five weeks it will cost me. I have got seven of a crew."

He said they would then be at sea for three weeks, so families of his crew would only get one payment in that time.

Mr Lochhead said 2009 was set to be a tough year for many fishermen, saying: "They are very concerned about their future."

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