Clare and Luke Pollard, Labour's candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport hear from Pete Bromley, Sutton Harbour Master and Fisheries Manager about the issues facing the industry.
Clare also heard from local fisherman who were concerned at the measures intended to conserve our fish stocks to ensure a sustainable industry into the future.
The TV chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launched a campaign some four years ago against the wasteful practice of discarding fish at sea. His ‘Fish fight’ campaign has been supported by nearly a million UK citizens and thanks to a firm position of Labour’s MEPs in the European Parliament, the reformed Common Fisheries Policy was finalised last year. It was hailed as a major success.
However, Clare heard that the diverse nature of the Channel threw up particular challenges for South West fishers. Clare was particularly interested to hear how different net designs could make it easier to comply with the quotas and the landing obligation regulation.