Every single thing is being taken away by them!” a cod crisis on the east coast when British fishermen were outflanked

Every single thing is being taken away by them!” a cod crisis on the east coast when British fishermen were outflanked

Brixham Fish Market, in Devon, landed a record £43.6 million in seafood last year, according to reports on Tuesday. The port surpassed 2020's £35.8 million and 2017's £40.3 million.

For Paul Lines, head of the Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, the east coast is in danger.

According to him, "Brixham has a large variety of fish to catch, whereas our main catch on the east coast was cod.

"But it has. We don't catch cod anymore.

"They are in terrible pain down the eastern channel.

"Brexit has done us no good.

"But Brixham has had a fantastic year."

He slammed the Government for lacking "backbone" and predicted little change in five and a half years.

Mr Lines said: "They lack courage.

"They don't see why coastal communities matter.

"The east coast is destitute and forlorn.

"I don't see any change or investment until we regain sovereignty of our oceans as an independent coastal state."

The 64-year-old fisherman claims foreign fleets control the oceans and the UK cannot revive its once profitable sector.

“It's "Unchecked and unquestioned, foreign fleets take everything they can from the water.

"You can't have an industry or restore an industry while letting a foreign corporation obtain what they want from your seas.

"They want ours. They get their way.

"How can we rebuild our industry without a market?

"You must build demand."

Mr Lines urged the Government to help revive the British industry.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “A year on from the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, our fishing industry is showing signs of improvement.

“We have seen a quota rise of roughly £146 million by 2026.

"The English under-10M pool's quota will almost treble in 2021 as we move to give access to quota to those who can catch it.

"We have an agreement with Norway for fishing in each other's waters until 2022, and the EU has now accepted our status as an autonomous coastal state, providing industry certainty.

“We want to revitalise our fishing communities.

"That's why we're investing £100 million in these towns' infrastructure, employment, and skills.

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