Reprieve for the Filey trout fishermen following public pressure
Filey’s under threat trout fishermen have been given a temporary reprieve.
As the Mercury reported in March, new rules to protect salmon stocks could completely decimate the fishing industry along the Filey coast. The Environment Agency wants to reduce the length of the netting season in Filey next year by two months, with a new closure date at the end of June. However, on Monday Filey Cllr Mike Cockerill announced that a decision on the changes had been delayed by “12 months” to allow for more consultation. So far, 16,000 people have signed a petition against the changes in Filey alone. Scarborough Council also voted to support the fishermen in their fight. In Filey, the fishery is down to just seven small-scale, artisanal boats. Fishermen have inherited their licenses from their fathers, and want to pass them on to their children and grandchildren. But all of this is at risk. The issue is that some salmon are caught in the trout nets, though not as many as are caught by anglers. On Monday celebrity chefs Ed Baines and Filey’sJames Mackenzie (pictured third from left) were in the town to show their support.