Small-scale fishing fleets like those in Brixham make up 75% of the UK's fishing fleet and create the majority of fishing jobs. They land over 99% of catches into UK ports, to the direct benefit of local sales, services, maintenance processing, transport and tourism businesses.
By contrast the small-scale fishing fleets receive just 2% of the UK's fishing quota with the vast majority going to large -scale fishing fleets – about a third of which land their catch into overseas ports. It is estimated that by shifting just 10% of quota allocation to the small-scale fleet would create an estimated 7,000 additional jobs and benefit some of the most economically deprived areas in the UK.
This feature was shot in collaboration with Sustainable Fish Cities, an alliance of not-for-profit organisations working on sustainable seafood issues. SFC believes the UK must re-nationalise the UK’s quota and create a transparent and accountable system for allowing the small-scale fleet to catch more and to be rewarded for fishing sustainably. If you would like to hear more about Sustainable Fish Cities work and their current positions on UK fishing policy click here.