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Fisherman blocked from entering Grimsby fish docks – ending dream of running own shellfish business  

Credit:  By Peter Craig, Reporter | Grimsby Telegraph | 9 Oct 2018 | www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk ~~

A keen fisherman is angry he has been blocked from mooring up at Grimsby fish docks to keep a family tradition alive.

Paul White, 52 and his late father Raymond used to provide boat trips for fishermen.

But he said the authorities which operate the dock have blocked him in favour of firms pioneering Grimsby-based wind turbine industries.

Paul, a qualified boatman, used to provide trips for anglers and divers in 80ft boats.

One of them was “The Impulsive.”

He was going to buy a boat from Denmark and invest over £60,000 in a new shell fish business.

But he has had to put the investment on ice because he will not be allowed to dock in Grimsby.

Paul said other commercial boats have been allowed to moor there, including a similar-sized Danish vessel, but not his.

He underwent further training and has funding to get his Class Two skipper’s ticket.

“What is the point in investing in the business and getting all my qualifications, if they won’t let me into the dock? It feels like I have wasted the past six months of my life,” said Paul.

The former crew member of the Ross Cheetah was poised to buy a fishing seiner The Thomas Billy from Denmark.

He had initially intended setting up a business similar to the one he and his father ran over 10 years ago, taking anglers out on fishing trips and sightseeing trips to Spurn Point and Bull Fort.

His ambition was to take up to 12 people at a time.

But now he is aiming to use the vessel for shell fishing.

“Grimsby was the biggest fishing port in the world and its heritage is all tied to the fishing industry. But it seems that is being sidelined in favour of a headlong rush to satisfy the wishes of the wind turbine industry,” said Paul.

He added: “When Brexit was being promoted we were told it would help bring back a fishing industry to Grimsby and more boats would land fish. That would keep our tradition as a fishing port alive.

“It is also personal for me to run a business for myself.

“I understand the importance and commercial interest of the renewables industry. But it is hard to accept there is no room in the dock for one boat.”

Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Fish Dock Enterprises who run the fish dock said: “We are a commercial port and provide operators with permission and can make decisions about the type of vessels that are permitted.

“We are quite busy. In the past we have had issues with vessels that are abandoned and sink. I am not entering into a debate about specific cases. Each vessel needs to have insurance.”

He added: “We have a commitment to the renewable sector. They are an important part of the economy because they provide jobs and opportunities.”

The chief executive said there are already active shell fishing boats operating from the dock.

Source:  By Peter Craig, Reporter | Grimsby Telegraph | 9 Oct 2018 | www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

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