Published: 9th Apr 2020

Plymouth City Council has called on the government to do more to help the fishing industry, which it warns is on the ‘brink of collapse’. The local authority has written to the environment secretary, George Eustice to lobby for urgent additional support for fishing. In the letter, the council calls on ministers to ensure that fishing boats can be categorized as small businesses with premises, enabling them to be eligible for grants It also calls on Whitehall to create a flexible funding pot which will enable innovative local solutions to challenges and secure the market price of fish to prevent sector collapse. According to the council, the fishing industry supports more than 2,000 jobs in its local economy. And across the three ports of Newlyn, Plymouth and Brixham over £110m fish are landed every year.  The council recently backed the creation of a new website – Call 4 Fish – … (To read the full article, subscribe below)