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'Filey Fishermen Need Your Support'

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:02am 23rd April 2018.

A local MP is urging residents on the Yorkshire Coast to sign a petition and show support in saving the fishing industry in Filey.

Kevin Hollinrake is Filey's MP, and has made the call as new proposals from the Environment Agency threaten the livelihood of the fishermen of the town. 

The petition, which will be sent to Fisheries Minister George Eustice, currently sits at over 20,000 signatures, both online and in hard copy. 

You can find the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/george-eustice-mp-protect-filey-s-fishing-heritage

Petitions need 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament. The proposals from the Environment Agency plan to not to renew the licenses of the fishermen over fears about declining salmon stock.

This is an international problem, but the fishermen in Filey say they try to catch sea trout and any salmon they do catch is released. 

Speaking on part of our 'Ask Your MP' segment, Kevin said:

"It's just not fair, it's just not right/ So we have asked for this exemption from these rules and we have made progress.

The Environment Agency has said 'we will allow fishermen in Filey to carry on' but they're trying to restrict fishing there down to only four months and we want to make sure we can fish for six months.

But Kevin also admits that there may only be a couple of months until the proposals are decided without it reaching parliament:

"That could be the case. It's under consultation at the moment so please sign that petition. 

Please Tweet, use social media, whatever you want to do. George Eustice is our Fisheries Minister, please make him aware of your support for what we're trying to do.

It's absolutely right though that we do everything at once, we don't just want to wait for the wrong answer and wish we'd done something else.

So we're doing everything we can."

Speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio earlier this month, Rex Harrison, a local fishermen, said:

"It's been going on for centuries. Any little fishing town, up and down the coast, were developed on fishing - so that's going back hundreds maybe thousands of years.

Once we've gone, it'll be gone forever and I can't believe anyone wants to lose this heritage."

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