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Storm-Hit Cornish Fishermen Call For Government Aid

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:06am 27th February 2014.

Cornish fishermen who could not go to sea for more than 10 weeks during the storms will make a fresh plea for help.

They are meeting Environment Minister and Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice on Thursday to discuss an aid package.

Some of the measures crews are expected to call for are:

Access to the government's small business support scheme.

Gear replacement funding for static gear damaged or lost in the storms.

An announcement on how government is going to help repair the infrastructures damaged during the storms.

Jo Booker from Porthleven Harbour and Dock Company says the damage was unprecedented: "The wooden bulks that actually protect the inner harbour were sadly broken which caused the water in the inner harbour to rise above levels that we don't usually have and created a huge swell which subsequently damaged quite a lot of the boats; unfortunatly we lost seven boats in the harbour."

Fisherman are also expected to ask for plans to charge the industry for light dues, a levy which contributes towards the cost of lighthouse services, to be deferred.

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