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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

UK v EU decree nisi day


Fishing is a truly international industry, but in our case, a mainly European affair - as the web address proudly displayed for this major transport company would suggest - and the industry in Cornwall relies heavily on overseas markets - one reason being of course that UK citizens eat far more imported fish than they do home caught fish - imports (£2.2 billion) are roughly twice that of exports (£1.1 billion as of 2010) so today is of potentially huge significance because...




after 44 years of marriage the UK will serve divorce papers on the EU at midday today - a few words from Pete and Dud might just sum up some of those feelings...



and while some might be misty-eyed about the break...



Scottish fishermen, like the visiting Achieve currently in Newlyn...



and other UK...



and Cornish fishermen see the break as the beginning of a new era after government ministers have openly promised to "take back control" of "our" waters and fish...



so on a dull and mizzly morning...



with smoke rising from the stove chimney of a liveabaord...



and the boats riding high at the top of a big spring tide...



for some new gear...



and new boats reflect a renewed faith in the future of the industry...



it was fitting that the market was almost devoid of fish.