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Friday, 27 September 2013

It's all at the Co-op now!

Welcome to the new under 15 Metre Fishermen's Cooperative based in the busy fishing port of Brixham, South Devon.

We are very much in the early stages of planning and asking interested fishermen/vessel owners to leave their contact details either my phone, text , or email. This site will be a platform for potential members to be kept upto date with the planning, implementation and to publicise any meeting dates etc. If you have any ideas or points to make and would like to be involved please get in touch.

Why a coop? Well it has been stated many times by vessel owners and fishermen that this category of boats, lack support and represeantion. Small enough to be inshore boats yet fishing outside the 6 mile limit when in need. There are assocaitions that represent the under 10 fleet and larger boats yet we go unmentioned on many occasions. No fishermen want a one sided association and therfore a cooperative of fishermen fits the democratic manner in which fishemen want to operate, this includes all vessels under 15 metres in length and any form of catch method on a commercial basis.

Times have changed with the ever growing changes in rules and regulations of the industry and the publics' desire to know more about where their food comes from. Along with all the other problems and politics fishermen face, its now time to come together and make some changes towards a positive fishing future.

“A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.”

Go to the new web site for more information and register your interest.