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Covid-19: Struggling fishermen in Cornwall urged to seek help

Covid-19: Struggling fishermen in Cornwall urged to seek help

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:38am 28th April 2020. (Updated at 8:40am 28th April 2020)

The year started with storm after storm, and now with the coronavirus pandemic in full force, the Cornish fishing industry has been struggling. 

With restaurants and markets closed, Cornwall's fishing community is fighting against many losses and unpaid bills.

But fishermen in the Duchy are being reminded that there is support available for those who need it.

Julian Waring, from Porthleven, works with the charity Fisherman’s Mission to support the welfare of the fishing community. 

The charity not only provides a friendly voice, but offers advice to point people in the right direction for financial help. 

"Fishing has been very difficult really, if everyone remembers the back-to-back storms from the beginning of the year, normally fishermen are working through the winter just to pay the bills, so they haven't really had that.

"Ever since the pandemic broke the route to market has been almost shut off. The export market closed and then all the restaurants that people supply to closed as well.

"It has been really tough, many have been innovative and have been trying to sell their catch locally, but they're not maintaining the prices as they would do.

"Those who are trying to sell on the markets are selling things at 40 percent less than they would have done, and many bills are stacking up.

"It's really hard and we're just delighted that we can listen and support people and we also have routes to be able to gets grants for fishermen and their families."

Julian Waring, Fisherman's Mission

The Fisherman's Mission has been working with the Cornish Fish Producer’s Organisation to help fisherman who are able to sell locally. 

Now fishing communities are being urged to get in touch so they can get help.

You can visit the Fisherman's Mission with the links below to learn more about what they do and how you can get help if needed:

Website - www.fishermensmission.org.uk

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fishermensmission

Twitter - @thefishmish

Instagram - @thefishmish

What other help is available?

It comes after the government announced a £10m cash pot to help fishermen amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The money is to help protect those who are affected and it will offer over 1,000 fishing businesses direct grants.

The fisheries support scheme was been announced  by Environment Secretary George Eustice, who is also the MP for Camborne and Redruth, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay.

You can find out more about it here.

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