King’s Lynn fishermen to take part in national survey about UK fishing industry

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Fishermen from Lynn are due to be providing information in a survey next week which will be used to draw up a detailed picture of the UK’s fishing industry.

The survey is being carried out by Seafish, a levy body which represents the UK seafood industry. Researchers have been visiting ports from Lynn to Lowestoft this week to ask vessel owners and skippers to share their concerns and comment on the general health of the industry.

The input from Lynn will be added to feedback from ports across the UK on fishing and vessel costs so that Seafish economists will be able to build an insight into the current picture of the UK fleet’s economic performance.

Tim Pickerell, technical director of Seafish, said: “Without the valuable participation of vessel owners, our economics team would not be able to accurately represent the economic performance and map the pressures being experienced by the UK fishing fleet over the last ten years.

“This is a hugely important exercise that enables us to better understand the industry as a whole and as a result helps us to inform key decision makers at a national and European level.

“We therefore urge skippers and boat owners across the UK to be part of the project by speaking to our researchers so that we can present the most accurate picture possible and help drive better informed policy.”

Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), added: “To put forward as strong a case as possible to government, at both a national and European level, we must ensure the data presented is as robust as possible. That is why we at the NFFO consider this survey and vessel owners’ participation to be so important.”

Researchers will also be looking for stories for the second issue of Seafish’s successful Quay Issues magazine, due for publication in November. The magazine examines the issues faced by fishermen and also shares inspiring stories about solutions fishermen have developed to overcome the challenges they encounter in their working lives.