A Christmas present for Filey fishermen
Government plans to ban fishing in July and August have been dropped
Plans to protect salmon stocks which could have had devastating consequences on Filey’s fishing industry have been dropped.
Earlier this year the Environment Agency announced it was looking to introduce new rules to ban fishing activities in July and August, the two most fruitful months for Filey fishermen.
The governemt said the move would protect “vulnerable” salmon which get caught up in the nets but people in Filey felt that could mean the end of their fishing tradition.
However, thanks to the determination of the town’s fishermen who have been campaigning against the new rules, plans have now changed.
Fisherman Rex Harrison said: “We have been told that next year we can continue fishing until July and then in August we’ll try these new nets, which have a very, very low impact on the environment.
“Believe it or not, we’re not interested in salmon, it’s sea trout that we’re after.”
The new T nets will allow salmon that get accidentally caught to swim out.
Filey MP Kevin Hollinrake, who had also been supporting the fishermen’s cause, said: “I welcome the decision that fishing can continue all the way till the end of August with these new nets that don’t catch salmon at all.
“If we can demonstrate that that works then we can secure the long-term future of the fishing industry in Filey and the licences that are due to expire in 2022, we can make them permanent so that they can continue to be passed on from generation to generation.”
Fishermen on Coble Landing recognise that the good outcome of their campaign is also down to the thousands of people who supported them along the way.
Rex added: “We’d like to say thank you to all those who supported us, who sent letters and signed the petition. We’re 100% behind experimenting with the new nets.” This year’s Flamborough Fire Festival is set to be the most spectacular so far – with a Viking longship burnt in the new arena.
The New Year’s Eve extravanganza has attracted thousands of visitors to the village in each of the past three years and this time there will be a ‘sea of flames’ around the longship, a torchlight procession and fireballs.
To accommodate more spectators, the arena has been moved to the village green which will be decorated with coloured lights and burning torches.
Organiser Jane Emmerson said: “This year the festival will be a blaze of fire, with fireballs, fire torches, a torchlight procession followed by a fireworks spectacular at midnight.
“It’s going to be an amazing night in Flamborough on New Year’s Eve and we hope everyone will come along and join in and be amazed.”
The festival is held in aid of local community groups and charities with a donation asked for at the gate.
From left, Filey fishermen Matthew Wilkins, Jamie Richardson, Yogi Cammish with dog Jack, and Rex Harrison. Picture: Richard Ponter 180720d