Select Committee on Agriculture Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Limited (T7)

  The primary function of Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd is to run and manage the Grimsby fish auction market. Its equal shareholders all have a vested interest in the future of the fish industry and we would like to thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Agriculture Committee Seafish Report.

  We feel there should be reinvestment in the catching sector to modernise the fleet, not to be given in the forms of grants or subsidies, but to be considered as investment for the future restructure that falls within MAGP constraints.

  The English sector suffers with disparity between the grants available for new vessels in other EU States and a non-existent grant scheme for the English fleet. This is a clear disadvantage to our fleet, which needs addressing.

  Reduction in quotas fall in line with reductions in catching effort, and therefore reduced landings into the UK. It seems inevitable that this leads to a natural restructuring of the number of ports. There is clearly not enough fish to support all the markets in the UK. It is a waste of funds and resources to give grants to ports that are in decline, and the industry has to accept a restructure of auction markets in line with the reductions in catching effort and landings.

  We support the Committee's recommendation to persuade industry of the benefits of electronic auctions (we anticipate the Grimsby market to be on line within the next few months).

  As well as being of advantage to buyers and sellers, the electronic method of selling can also act as a means of control and monitoring for Government and European bodies.

  We would support the recommendation made to reinstate the marketing, processing and port facilities scheme, which we feel will enhance the competitiveness of our industry.

  The Sea Fish Industry Authority did a survey into the possibility of establishing a UK Fisheries/Seafood Institute, the outcome being that 80 per cent of the industry was in favour, and we feel that gives Government a clear mandate to proceed with the initiative.

  We hope you find these comments useful and constructive.

30 April 2001

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