As I walked the dog at 7.00am today around Old Portsmouth two trawlers turn up, registered in Wexford, and within minutes a Spanish registered lorry turns up and they start loading their catch into it. I'm sure everything is legal and above board but I can't help feeling that it is a bit much to completely miss out the middle man, especially if they were fishing UK waters.
Which reminds me, you need to be Brittish to be good at scamming your fellow countrymen, a few years back a Cornish fisherman decided to retire, most doing this sell there licence to the highest bidder, which is often a foreign boat, but this chap decided he would only sell to another local boat, he found another Cornishman and sold him the licnce at below market rate, the next week it was back on market and sold to a Spanish boat.
What is a bigger concern is whether Brexit happens or not foreign fishing rights are mildly affected and a coup de grace for an already damaged UK industry
The irony is we have some of the most productive seas in Europe and export a lot of our catch, It needs the celeb chefs ot make a song and dance promote spider crab, crab , shellfish and fish in plentiful supply like mackerel ( most underated fish ever)
THe UK needs to tune in to eating whats on our doorstep, Steer away from dredged scallops and encourage mussel farms etc. A few years ago the Irish came up with a plan that has paid off creating the seas intoimaginary fields and leaving areas as fallow for a couple of years on a rotational basis the legacy a sustainable sea bass industry
As a footmote there are plans to develop seaweed farms in Filey bay cheffy food at the moment but highly nutritious and a good alternative to salt for seasoning (Dulce)
The UK has a fantastic larder on land and sea some fantastic regional food variations it is about time we celebrated it, supported our domestic farmers ad fisherman and educate the population
Sermon over ( just one of the things I am passionate about )
Other side of the River in Hull I dealt with Humber growers the engines on their trucks never went cold starship mileages, I was not a rare occurrence to ship fish/shellfish down to the channel ports for onward travel to Spain, Portugal and France and return loads salad veg and tomatoes fantastic logisitics.
What is interesting due to the cheffy types and original cheap prices fish like Monkfish and Coalfish not that long ago no one wanted fish fingers for coalfish via YOungs and Icelandic freezing plants in Grimsby they weren't worth a candle today though quite expensive.
When I returned from France I was approached to work at a well known hotel in Beverly no soon had I sat down told in no uncertain terms didn't want my French influence My reply was slightly arrogant on reflection " take Atlantic prawns or thai King prawns off the menu for Prawn cocktail and replace with Filey crab from down the road ( they didn't like that idea) Wakefield Rhubarb, Wensley dale cheese take cheddar off the menu to me made a lot of sense even more so a lot of artisan producers nowadays with meats , cheeses etc. SOme great produce out there just need to know what to do with it
THe French have a reputation for fine food and preparation some of the younger breeds of chefs and producers in this country highly talented I honestly believe pay your money take your choice today exciting times for British Industry and its housewifes
Last edited by channa; 15-04-2019 at 15:00.
Perhaps we should kick-start the British coal industry while we're at it.
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