A new future for the East Anglian fishing industry
The Renaissance of the East Anglia Fisheries (REAF) group has launched the UK’s first regional fishing strategy, presenting a template for revitalising East Anglia’s fishing industry. The strategy spells out the opportunities presented across all sectors of the industry. It is born of a unique community-led partnership between three local authorities, the local fishing industry, government agencies and a major port operator.
The strategy makes the case for the fishery to be managed as mixed fishery, for better data on fish stocks, for sustainable fishing practices and a clear objective of maintaining fish stocks at maximum sustainable yield whilst recognising the reality of mixed fisheries. To deliver the strategy and secure a positive future, REAF is looking to work in partnership with Defra and the various regulatory bodies, including Eastern IFCA.
The launch took place in the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 17 October and was hosted by Peter Aldous MP, who has chaired the project steering group.
A copy of the Strategy can be downloaded here.