Brixham challenges Brexit and storm Covid to break record for sale of fish
Brixham Fish Market has released record sales figures of £ 43.5million for the year 2021.
The port’s best sales year came amid predictions by pro-EU activists that leaving the European Union would destroy the UK’s fishing industry.
“We have shown there is a positive story to be told,” said Barry Young, Managing Director of Brixham Trawler Agents.
He said the port has been successful in diversifying markets and increasing domestic sales.
Read more:Torbay hospital ‘sorry’ for chaos of ambulance line
And Brexiteer Brixham MP Anthony Mangnall said the success portrays a positive picture of the port’s future prosperity.
In 2019 the value of fish landed at Brixham was £ 39.2million, and then in 2020 the first year of the Covid pandemic saw that figure drop to £ 35.8million.
Now, however, new figures reveal that precisely £ 43,631,862 of fish have been landed at the quayside.
The numbers will underline Brixham’s position as England and Wales’ most valuable fishing port.
Mr Young continued: ‘Despite the pandemic and rumors about the impact of Brexit, we have seen both our sales to domestic markets and our exports to the EU increase nicely.
“We expect 2022 to be an even bigger year.
“The combination of life outside the EU and the pandemic has allowed us to diversify our markets and seek new opportunities.
Whether it’s increasing our sales in the domestic market or being well prepared for any bureaucratic change, Brixham Fish Market has shown there is a positive story to tell and it is reflected in these numbers. record sales.
“We hope to see Brixham build on this success and with further investment from the Fisheries and Seafood Program and Upgrade Fund, we can continue to support this noble industry and historic coastal community.”
The Brixham fleet is a mix of local dayboats and larger beam trawlers that stay at sea for five to seven days at a time.
They mainly fish in the English Channel but also operate in waters as far away as the Bristol Channel and the Irish Sea. There are also a number of scallops that navigate the local waters year round.
Over 40 different species of fish are landed, the main catches being cuttlefish, Dover lemon and sole, squid, monkfish and turbot.
Other species landed include scallops, hake, bass, pollock and plaice.
Crews unload their catch at the quayside to be sold at the daily Brixham Fish Market auction, which attracts buyers from across the UK and Europe.
About 70 percent of Brixham fish is exported to Europe – mainly Holland, France, Spain and Italy.
Mr Mangnall, who recently spent a weekend aboard a Brixham trawler to gain first-hand experience of life at sea, added: ‘Brixham is an important indicator of the health of the fishing industry. peach.
“Brixham Fish Market’s record 2021 sales figures paint a positive picture of the health of the industry and its potential to thrive over the next several years.
“The Brixham fishing community and the Brixham trawler officers have worked incredibly hard to create new opportunities and ensure that this coastal community continues to thrive throughout the pandemic.
“Despite the catastrophic talk about life outside the European Union, we have a clear example that shows the opportunities and benefits that can be found in the UK as an independent trading nation.
“I am proud to represent the hard-working fishermen of Brixham and am doing everything I can to help secure new investment in this port and the industry through the Fish and Seafood Program and the leveling funds.
“Both funds will help us increase the size and capacity of the fish market, which will help us achieve record year-over-year sales. “
You can stay up to date on top news and events near you with FREE DevonLive newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page or go here