THE fishing industry in Shetland will benefit from a major project in the continuing development of Lerwick Harbour.

The construction of a large new jetty at Holmsgarth North is due to begin later this year and will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet. The outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market. It will also be suitable for offshore industry vessels.

Extending to over 630 metres, the Holmsgarth North project is scheduled for completion, at an estimated cost of £17 million, at the end of 2015.

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It will be followed by the construction of the market, timetabled to start in early 2016 at Mair's Quay. The quay was completed last year and has already brought benefits to the fleet. Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, said: "The commitment by the Port Authority to develop these next projects for the fishing industry will secure Lerwick as a leading fishing port in the UK and complement the excellent service provision for the fleet available here in Shetland.

"The main economic driver for this community is the marine sector and by meeting the requirements for fish landings in the future, that economy can flourish."