Cornish fishermen see increase in internal trade after Brexit as customers buy from UK | United Kingdom | New



The fishermen decided to sell more in the domestic markets because of the “French clumsiness” regarding the new EU import documents. Now fishermen are seeing increased sales of lobsters, spider crabs and pollock in domestic markets. This increase in sales also comes from households buying directly from suppliers in Cornwall, especially during containment.

Craig Tonkin, owner of Fresh Cornish Fish in Newlyn, said he has seen a huge increase in domestic sales since Brexit.

He said: “We were an export company.

“We were probably 90% exporting and 10% UK.

“But now we’re 60 or 70 percent in the UK and 30 percent exporting.”

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Another fisherman, Phil Trebilcock of Newquay, said he will now change his business to export.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said: “I didn’t get involved in all of this paperwork because I can sell what I catch here in Cornwall.”

Mr Trebilcock explained that he now markets his spider crabs under the name ‘King Cornish crab’.

He said the increase in sales in the domestic market was due to the public who “got involved and bought local”.

This contradicts a committee on the environment, food and rural affairs which learned in early March that the combination of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic had caused the “perfect storm” for small fishing businesses in the Kingdom. -United.

Sarah Horsfall, co-CEO of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, said: “You couldn’t have written worse if you wanted to for the industry.”

Martyn Youell, senior executive at South West England fishing company Waterdance, said: “Unfortunately, extreme forces are exerted on the supply chain and we are likely to see forced consolidation or bankruptcy. commercial, which will have an impact on the fishing industry.

“We are struggling to find markets for some of the products for which we previously had very good markets through small exporters.

“Those of more average size, their costs have increased considerably. “



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