Responsible sourcing and sustainability are contentious issues and not just for the fishing industry. Everyone has different views, and decisions on quotas, marine conservation zones or marine protected areas can be as much about politics as ensuring that all species flourish for generations to come.
Brixham has a strong fishing heritage and local fishermen are keen to leave behind a legacy for their children and grandchildren who want to continue the family tradition. Brixham fishermen work closely with scientists and fishing leaders to make sure this happens.
Ongoing Data Insights
The team at Brixham Trawler Agents Ltd also work with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) who visit Brixham on a weekly basis to carry out analysis of the fish caught, check their weight, take measurements and determine their growth rates. They also have access to all of the data from our fish grading machines that they can use to provide comparison measurements over time. The output of this continual monitoring gives an insight into fish stocks and is fed into the process to determine fish quotas.
The evidence seems to show that these ideas are working as over the last few years Brixham fishermen have seen a steady increase in their quota for sole and plaice, some of the most important fish species for the local economy.
Further information on sustainability can be found on the sustainable seafood website.