Minister visits fishing fleet

Hastings MP, Amber Rudd, has lobbied the Fishing Minister so that local fisherman can get a fair share of the quota available for catching fish.

Ms Rudd has long been a champion of the local fishing industry and is trying to allow small, independent fisherman to have a better chance to make a living.

George Eustice and Amber Rudd visit Hastings fishermen 11 July 2014

George Eustice and Amber Rudd visit Hastings fishermen 11 July 2014

Fisherman on the south coast were hit particularly hard this winter with the high winds keeping their boats off the sea for long periods.

This follows the first ever transfer of quota from the larger boats to the smaller ones, the Under 10 M Fleet.

Ms Rudd believes the new reformed Common Fisheries Policy, with its emphasis on the social and environmental impact of fishing, provides a great opportunity for the Government to support the inshore fishing fleet in Hastings and Rye.

Due to their traditional methods and expertise, the local fleet is seen as an excellent illustration of sustainable fishing. Amber invited the Minister to come and see for himself the significance of the fishing industry in the area.

Amber commented: “With the biggest beach launched fishing fleet in the country, the fishermen and the fishing industry are hugely important to the town.

“George Eustice’s visit to Hastings on Friday was an opportunity for him to meet the fishermen and discuss with them how best ‘community quotas’ can be implemented.”

George Eustice said: “I had a very constructive and informative meeting with Amber Rudd and some of the fishermen from Hastings.

“The government is looking at a range of options such as a permanent realignment of quota from the large producer organisations to the under 10 metre pool and also taking greater account of criteria such as sustainable fishing and local economic links when allocating quota uplifts under the new discard ban policy. We are also considering ways to support those under 10 metre Fishermen who want to join a producer organisation to give them more certainty about the quota they will receive across the year.”