UK: Herring success leads to optimism for Manx fishing industry
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Published Nov 7, 2023
Isle of Man fishermen have successfully caught their allocated quota of herring within weeks of receiving government support to diversify. This success has led to optimism across the industry that a commercially viable fishery could be a reality for the first time in 25 years. The locally caught herring will reduce transport emissions, lower bait costs, and save Isle of Man businesses around £250,000 each year.
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Herring success leads to optimism for Manx fishing industry Isle of Man fishermen have successfully caught the allocated 100-tonne quota of herring in Manx waters within weeks of receiving Government support to diversify. Three Isle of Man crews took advantage of the financial support provided by the Department of Environment, Food, and Agriculture following new UK quotas earlier this year. Clare Barber MHK, Minister for Environment, Food, and Agriculture, expressed her delight, stating, “It’s been a real success story.” The recent catch has led to great optimism across the industry that a commercially viable Isle of Man fishery could be a reality for the first time in 25 years—especially as the quota could quadruple by 2026. Isle of Man fishermen had been free to catch herring for centuries before the EU Common Fisheries Policy introduced quotas in the 1980s. However, by the time stocks had recovered, the island had largely been excluded, leading most fishermen to focus their ...