It’s thought amongst British fishermen that the UK fishing industry is set to boom post Brexit. Fisherman Paul Lines, in an interview with the Express, said the UK fishing industry has massive potential to grow from 0.5% of Britains GDP to 3.5% of Britains GDP if Britain reinstated zonal attachment when we leave the transition period. Coastal communities can thrive once again with new jobs, thanks to this predicted boost in the fishing industry.
Mr Lines said: “I don’t think GDP has any bearing on anything because if you put zonal attachment back and we get the fish back that we should have in our water, GDP will rise to about 3.5 percent.
“3.5 percent is not to be scoffed at, and also it is meaningless when you talk about GDP in terms of jobs.
“Coastal communities thrive off having a fishery; there would be thousands of jobs developed directly involved in fishing.
“The nation’s GDP should not deny communities thousands of jobs.
“You can’t judge anything on GDP because it has to rise and get bigger.
“Any jobs that come from Brexit are good jobs so I don’t think that should have any bearing on it whatsoever.”
Mr Lines continued: “Britain stands to regain some of its former greatness.
“I have been in fishing for 45 years, and all I have ever seen is the demise of fishing, I have seen half of our fleet cut up.
“I have seen days where the sea comes in and restricts what you do.
“I have seen quotas fall to the point where we have got one vessel left.
“What we have got left we struggle to get a living from.”
He added: “We gave it all away to be part of Europe, now we want it back.
“We want to see their boats cut up; we want to see their new modern fleet gone because we want that.
“As a country, we have got to have that; if we are going to survive on our own, we have got to have everything that we can bring to play to make money.”