Hastings Senior Mens Forum

LAST week’s talk was given by Paul Joy, an old friend of the forum. His subject was on the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society.

Mr Joy arrived in his overalls as he had just come ashore from a night’s fishing.

Since his last visit to us he told us that there had been a Judicial Review to persuade the Government to increase the Fixed Quota Allowance (FQA), thus enabling smaller vessels a better living. The Europeans have been given a much bigger FQA but if our fishermen fish out their quota they must stop fishing.

There is now an organisation, called NUTFASB, with nine member states and they have achieved a new legislation to increase the FA.

In 2014 fish will not be thrown back as they will be used for fertiliser or fish meal.

At the moment there are two Russian vessels fishing the Channel, both more than 500 foot long so what are they pulling in?

A lively Q&A followed after which Mr Joy given a vote of thanks for a very informative talk.

Next meeting at St Matthew’s Church hall, Silverhill every Tuesday at 2pm. All welcome.