British fishermen needed urgently to tackle crew 'crisis' as row with French escalates

“The reality is that these are multimillion-pound vessels with highly-skilled, talented operators and it’s actually a much cleaner industry than it ever used to be, the facilities on the vessels are much improved.”

Chloe North, from the Western Fish Producers Organisation, told the BBC they wanted to “get people excited about fishing again”.

“It is a decent way to make money at a young age and you don’t need a university degree to progress,” she said.

According to a parliamentary report released in November last year, the total number of fishermen in the UK was around 12,000 in 2019, down from around 20,000 in the mid-1990s.

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