concordeThe world’s biggest fishing port – the beating heart of Grimsby. What a sad state the fish docks are now. The demise dealt a major blow to the people of the industry, the town and the connected support trades. Every family had a connection to the fish docks at one time.

BOTH the major parties were complicit in the loss of our fishing grounds and the trawler barons are guilty of not re-investing in different types of boats as fishing evolved. The compensation for decimation of the fishing industry disgusting.

Fishermen, ‘2 day millionaires’ one moment another having been at sea several weeks only to land in  debt after grafting in horrendous conditions, it truly was the most dangerous industry in the UK bar none. Let no one tell you any different.

Many, many families lost loved ones at sea, dreading the Port Missioners knock with the terrible news and no remains to mourn over. A dreadful price to pay for putting food on the nations plate, and during the war they answered the call and took on another dangerous job as minesweepers.

Life on the pontoon was no picnic either, I know I have experienced it. I grew up with a dock that was a mini city with a constant hustle and bustle every day of the week.
I worked as Fish Merchant on Grimsby Docks under the Frank Foster tally until falling out with my stepfather. (The fish sales ran from the Pneumonia End to the Herring Jetty, with 21,000 kits landing on a Monday – a wonderful sight). Using the barrows with a large number of 10st kits on board –  that’s an experience not easily forgotten.

They breed them tough in Grimsby and very resilient, forever bouncing back from set back after set back.

It is not all doom and gloom at Grimsby docks, it still is a key fish supplier to the nation as many enterprising people drive the fish trade forward.

It rankles me that but for stubborn politicians we could still be been fishing in Icelandic waters as they spurned at deal. It appals me that our grounds have been  ‘stolen’ from us by the EU and that is compounded by the practices of the Spanish fleet and that 23% of our quota is held by one Dutch trawler.
Very hard to stomach for both a proud maritime nation and Grimsby itself.
We should come out of the EU (see Europe ) and declare a suitable sized fishing zone and manage it sensibly. We still have the expertise and ability to take care of matters once it is landed.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is an area I feel that I doagriculture not at present have an in depth knowledge of but from what I know it would seem to be missing a letter ‘R’.
Coming out of the EU of course would be a game changer as we would then be operating under the proposed EFTA/EEA model. (see Europe)

As an island nation it is important we are self sufficient in supplying as much as our food needs as we can, importing only adds unnecessarily to our costs.

The latest statistics from the National Farmers Union in 2014 reveal we are 60 per cent self-sufficient in food, a 2% drop on 2013. (Yet in 1991 self-sufficiency was 75 %).

Our farmer’s expertise is well known and respected throughout the world, we need to create the conditions that will lead to a greater production of food in the UK.

We need to protect the existence of our dairy farmers from the bullying practices of the supermarket chains by ensuring they get a fair price for milk.