Scotland's new first minister, Alex Salmond, is lobbying Gordon Brown to hand over the right to attend meetings of the EU Fisheries Council.

He told Joe Borg, European fisheries commissioner, that Scotland wanted to have a far greater say in the running of the Common Fisheries Policy, as Scottish vessels are responsible for 70% of the national catch.

The move has been criticised by the government, and Scottish Labour MSP Rhona Brankin has pointed out that England, Wales and Northern Ireland also have significant fisheries. Salmond wants to obtain greater decision-making powers in Europe for Scotland in other fields.