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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Whitehaven’s fishing fleet catch is worth £2.7m

Whitehaven's fishing industry has netted a profit after a rise in the total amount of fish landing in the town, new figures reveal.

UK vessels landed 2,717 tonnes of fish into Whitehaven, worth more than £2.7 million in 2012, according to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

The figures are an increase on last year when 2,512 tonnes worth £2.6m were landed in the town’s port.

The MMO’s annual UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2012 report shows that the quantity of fish arriving on the nation’s shores has risen but the value has dropped overall.

It also reveals that a total of 627,000 tonnes of sea fish was landed in the UK by UK vessels last year worth £770m – a five per cent increase in quantity but seven per cent fall in value compared to 2011.

Landings of demersal fish, which includes haddock, rose by one per cent between 2011 and 2012, although the total amount has plummeted by 24 per cent since 2002.

Meanwhile, the UK fishing fleet remained the sixth largest in the EU in terms of the number of vessels, but had the second largest capacity and fourth largest power.

There are about 12,450 active fishermen in the UK, Peterhead remained the port with the highest landings nationwide, and imports of fish rose five per cent on the previous year.

Global figures showed that China caught the most fish in 2011 with 13.7m tonnes, followed by Peru with 8.2m tonnes, and Indonesia, the United States and Russia each caught between 4m and 5.4m tonnes.

Around £20m of grant funding has been injected in Whitehaven harbour since 1990 to improve public access and create jobs with the construction of a new boat repair shed.

The town has hosted many maritime festivals in recent years, bring people from all over the country to the harbour.

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