Fisherman Matt Brixham, Devon
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Jan/Feb 2021 issue
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Brixham in Devon is home to one of Britain’s largest fishing fleets and has been a fishing port since the middle ages. The town takes pride in being the birthplace of the trawling industry. Today there are plenty of big trawlers but there are also a handful small day boats, manned by one or just a handful of fishermen. In the aftermath of Brexit, which promised a new age of plenty and control for the British fishing industry, British fishermen and seafood exporters in the uk are now faced with the reality that Brexit has cost them huge sums of money, due to delays and red tape. The final deal, negotiated by Boris Johnson, has left fishermen feeling let down as it locks in substantial access to British waters for European boats for at least five years and potentially indefinitely. There is also anxiety in the seafood sector about the permanently increased cost of exports to the EU caused by post- Brexit paperwork, which many fear will outweigh what they see as a meagre increase in the share of fish UK fishermen can catch.
by Damian Bird