A new fishing coalition has been formed to promote fishermen's interests ahead of the introduction of Marine Protected Areas.

The MPA Fishing Coalition aims to ensure commercial fishing is not overlooked in the government consultation into how MPAs are introduced.

Fishermen claim the establishment of MPAs is the biggest threat they have ever faced. "It is vital a balance is achieved between marine protection and ensuring fishermen sustainably harvest a renewable food resource," said Bertie Armstrong, CEO of coalition member the Scottish Fishermen's Federation.