In 2021, England’s most valuable fishing port collected a record £43.6 million in seafood.
In Devon, Brixham Fish Market surpassed the previous high of £40.3 million set in 2017 and the £35.8 million set in 2020. The port of Brixham has prospered despite predictions by Remainers that leaving the EU will decimate the country’s fishing sector.
The Sun reported: “Despite the pandemic and Brexit rumours, we’ve seen our sales to domestic markets and exports to the EU increase nicely.”
“The positive story is well reflected in these record sales numbers.”
Tory MP Anthony Mangnall said: “It shows the opportunities and benefits to can be found as an independent trading nation.”
Earlier this week, it was revealed that new post-Brexit fishing laws require at least 70 percent of a vessel’s crew to be British citizens.
The quota will rise from 50 to 70 percent in an additional boost for the UK’s economy. More fish will be marketed and processed in the United Kingdom in a big victory for the industry.
Failure to meet landing or personnel requirements will result in the donation of quota by fishing vessels.
This year, the UK Government plans to boost the existing threshold from 16.5 percent to 20 percent.
Post-Brexit, Defra says it will generate employment and strengthen the economy of the UK’s coastal regions.
George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, said that there is still a long way to go over a year after the UK and EU signed a free trade agreement. “A positive picture is emerging for our fishing industry”.
The increased investment, he said, “marks a period of rejuvenation for our fishing industry”.
Mr Eustice said: “A year on from the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, a positive picture is emerging for our fishing industry.”
“Today, we are announcing a £65 million infrastructure scheme which will allow us to modernise ports and harbours and increase capacity and efficiency at processing facilities.”
“A £10 million fund will encourage new entrants into the processing, catching and aquaculture sectors, and train and upskill those in the industry.”
“We are committed to levelling up coastal communities across the UK, and this marks a period of rejuvenation for our fishing industry.”