The Prime Minister’s silence on The Kirkella is deafening. It is bitterly disappointing that not only has he not secured the quotas that this vital industry badly needs, he has not made the effort to provide the answers that people in East Hull deserve.
The Kirkella, which normally catches between 8-12% of the cod and haddock destined for Britain’s chippies, is still left without access to fishing grounds off Norway and Greenland due to the Government’s failure to secure quota agreements, which Mr Turner argued for in his letter.
She is fishing off Svalbard, the only grounds she still has access to, with a smaller than usual catch expected. £100m of investment into Hull’s distant-water fleet by UK Fisheries, securing 100 new jobs at sea, is now jeopardised by continued uncertainty.
Fishing industry estimates show that for every job created at sea, as many as ten are created on land, bringing major benefits to Hull and the region should the Government secure distant-water quotas.
He has left those in Hull who are and could be employed in this industry high and dry, and his dither and delay is a threat to our economy in this city putting jobs and investment at serious risk.