Re­prieve for the Fi­ley trout fish­er­men fol­low­ing pub­lic pres­sure

The Scarborough News - - FILEY & HUMMANBY MERCURY -

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.

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