Today I met a number of 'inshore fishermen' in Cadgwith to discuss recent changes to legislation that governs their trade.
Various initiatives that are intended to support the industry are in fact frustrating the inshore fleet. The inshore fleet is so important to our coastal fishing communities. A commercially sustainable fishing industry is very important for these small coastal villages as the set-up to support their industry relies on a critical mass of inshore boats and fishermen to make ends meet. Also young people will only take up the profession if they feel it has a future.
We agreed a number of measures that I can take forward to help the situation.