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DUP MP Carla Lockhart has welcomed the announcement by DAERA Minister

Edwin Poots of a support package for the local fishing industry.

Carla Lockhart is the Party's DEFRA spokesperson in Parliament. She said:

“Our fishing fleet has been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with

markets in free fall and limited market for the catch brought onshore.

While their resilience is undoubted, it is simply too much to bear for

our fishing industry which is predominantly smaller boats, owned by

local families.

I welcome the support announced today by my colleague Edwin Poots. The

fact that it is the most generous package of support of anywhere in the

U.K. reflects the commitment of the Minister to our fishing industry. It

also shows the benefit of having devolved Ministers who can act quickly

and tailor packages to local need.“