Activists from the protest group Ocean Rebellion have accepted an offer to speak to Brixham fish industry leaders about sustainability and the environment.
Brixham Fish Market managing director Barry Young made the offer after a high-profile protest at the market’s gates in which Ocean Rebellion raised concerns about the effect of beam trawling on the seabed. They were joined by members of the international organization Extinction Rebellion and also questioned the planned spending of millions of pounds of government cash on a fish market extension.
Mr Young said the industry was rigorously monitored for its environmental impact and with an annual turnover of £43m it supported hundreds of jobs in the local economy. He said he would welcome the opportunity to brief Ocean Rebellion and explain the industry’s position.
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Writing on behalf of Ocean Rebellion and protest group Better Devon, Raymond Moore and Ed Funnell said: ‘We are delighted to accept the invitation from Brixham Trawler Agents and would like to extend this invitation to our MP Anthony Mangnall. Mr Mangnall has tirelessly backed the proposal to use £20m of public upgrade funding on the private fishing industry as a priority over other local priorities such as health, social care, vulnerable people, housing and downtown regeneration.
“This offer would involve significant amounts of public money that could be allocated to cash-strapped and chronically underinvested areas of the city and region.”