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Festival-goers sign up in support of local fishermen

September 20, 2009

2009_0919May0155People from Hastings and St Leonards, and from around the country, signed up in support of local fishermen last weekend.

They were signing a petition to the Minister for Fisheries, urging him to re-instate the percentage of the Channel quota allocated to the under-10 metre sector in February this year. This was seen by local fishermen to be a fair percentage. But it was overturned by the Government after pressure from the powerful producer organisations.

The petition was backed by Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye. He said,

“Our fishermen need the town to be alert to just how serious the situation is. Their future is in the balance. It is ironic we have celebrated our fishing heritage in a fantastic Seafood & Wine Festival this weekend, just as many of our fishermen are having to throw dead fish back into the sea, and are facing a financial fight for survival.

“We must fight tooth and nail to get our MP, his Minister and their Labour Government to go back to the negotiating table and to come up with a fair percentage for the under-10s.

“There is still the chance for people to sign the petition. Please contact the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society on Rock-a-Nore Road, or sign online at www.har0ld.org.uk

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