Local fishing industry called upon to shape future of Milford Haven port
6:35pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Milford Mercury news
WALES’ fishing industry is being encouraged to take part in a survey that will help shape the future of its largest fishing port.
The Port of Milford Haven is committed to strengthening the fishing industry at Milford Fish Docks as part of its £60 million Master Plan.
Redevelopment plans for the fishing zone use the existing footprint to add new resources such as high standard storage and processing. The aim is to retain more of the catch landed at Milford Fish Docks so that seafood caught in Pembrokeshire can be processed here and promoted as a recognised Welsh brand, creating local job opportunities.
Kevin Hobbs, Short Sea Director for the Port of Milford Haven, said: “We have to get this right, as things have been tried in the past and have not been successful. We have started a survey process that will gather views from a variety of sources, from local fishermen to end users of fish products in the hospitality and tourism industry. This will help us identify areas that can be developed into sustainable businesses that can support long term jobs, giving a much needed boost for the local economy.
“Our Trust Port status allows us to be flexible in our response to new business and we hope to act as a catalyst to encourage diversification in the area’s fishing industry.”
There are two customer groups the Port is particularly keen to hear from - fishermen or fishing vessel owners throughout Wales, and those in the hospitality industry who use, or would like to use locally caught fish.
To take part in either survey visit http://www.milfordfishdocks.com/survey/ and complete before Friday, September 20.