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
We hope you find these comments useful and constructive.
30 April 2001