Selsey fisherman highlights financial strains

C141053-1 Selsey Harbour  phot kate''John Reeves and Guss Arnell taking their catch ashore.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141053-1 SUS-141125-161722001
C141053-1 Selsey Harbour phot kate''John Reeves and Guss Arnell taking their catch ashore.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141053-1 SUS-141125-161722001
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A SELSEY fisherman has added his voice to a newly-created fishermen’s blog aiming to highlight the issues they face.

In previous weeks, the Observer has reported on the financial strains fishermen are facing after a number of quota reductions were enforced by the EU.

Quotas are the set number of fish that can be brought ashore.

Selsey fisherman and chairman of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation (NFFO) Tony Delahunty has been at the forefront of fight with the EU commission for higher quotas.

This week, he added his voice to a blog created by the NFFO to raise awareness of the issues fishermen face.

He said in his post: “I’ve been fishing since 1975 and fishing has its ups and downs.

“The last two years have been among the most challenging in my career. First the cold winter of 2012/13 badly affected crab catches; and then the ferocious winter storms last winter that went on forever, meant that we just couldn’t get to sea.

“No fishing = no income. Many inshore fishermen like me are in the same boat.”

Mr Delahunty will meet responsible ministers at the December Council on December 11 and call on the EU commission to carefully consider the effects of low quotas.

To read the blog and follow the ongoing struggle for local fishermen, visit http://nffo.org.uk/blog/2014/11/04/fisherman-and-chairman.