The EU Referendum causes concern for Cornwall’s fishing industry

By Emily Furness

The outcome of the referendum to be held on Thursday, 23 June 2016 to decide whether Britain stays in or leaves the European Union, will majorly affect Cornwall’s fishing industry.

Cornwall has received more than £1bn from the EU over the past fifteen years and over £1.8 million from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Andy Wheeler, Assistant to the Chief Executive of Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) said: “Leaving the EU could mean trade tariffs being imposed or restrictions on direct landings into French ports by Cornish vessels, and restricts access to French and Irish waters, which means profits within the Cornish fishing industry could be depleted.”

The £1.8 million of the European Fisheries Fund has been devoted to support the sustainable development of fishing communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Local inshore fisherman of Falmouth, Chris Bean, said: “I’m definitely going to vote to stay in the EU, as an inshore fisherman the only protection we really have is the EU umbrella of quotas and sustainable fishing.”

Bean added: “EU council ministers in the Common Fisheries Agricultural Policy are moving more to the left and more for conservation to help the small vessel. If we move out of the EU, we will be at the mercy in the UK of the big vessel owners and big corporations…they will call the shots.”

A majority of fishermen in Falmouth are keen “outers” or Euroscpetics as they would be free of EU quotas and in the long term it could mean that fishermen are allowed to catch more fish.

George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, said: “Outside the EU, we would re-establish national control for 200 nautical miles or the median line as provided for in international law…we could argue for a fairer share of quota allocations in many fish stocks.”

Some Cornish MPs are voting to leave the EU and feel that this decision will benefit the Cornish Industry.

Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, said: “Our fishermen have been decimated by the EU, and only by leaving can they get their waters back and not have to contend with foreign trawlers who plunder their stocks.”

Both the Eurosceptics and Europhiles of Cornwall are both in agreement that the European referendum holds great uncertainty for the Cornish fishing industry.

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Junior doctors strike for two days in Plymouth

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Junior doctors at Plymouth’s Derriford hospital strike over the government’s new contract, which they claim will cause additional stress to already overworked staff and potentially put patients lives at risk


Junior doctors gather on the picket line outside Derriford hospital to gather support for their cause, they have a long two days ahead


Junior doctors stand in cold sleet with their homemade signs in protest to proposed contract changes


Despite the cold junior doctors on the picket line were still smiling


One of many patients spend their day showing their support for the doctors who care for them on a daily bases


Braving the April showers, the doctors raise their signs responding to the cheers of pedestrians and hooting of passing motorists that show their support


The key concerns about the new contract’s proposals focus around reduced safety when it comes to both staff and patients


Junior doctors attempt to convey the message that everyone will be affected by this infringement upon their working conditions and unite all sectors of the community


Junior doctors convey the message that working seven days a week under the new contract will endanger patient health as well as their own


Junior doctors plan to strike at Derriford Hospital, maintaining their presence into the early hours for two days

Bring out your inner mermaid…


PHOTO CREDIT: Ishbel Alderman

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The summer vibes are upon us!

This issue has some of the most stunning fashion shoots yet! The warm Instagram colours of the whole issue just shout spring! Get all geared up as the suns starting to come out from behind those grey clouds, with our recommendations in the fashion section you’ll sure to be looking 10/10 this summer. This issue is any girls guide to the upcoming fashion you NEED in your wardrobe!

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Surf Leggings for summer!

Grab the latest issue of SurfGirl its full of summer vibes! This fashion article in the printed magazines all about Billabong’s versatile summery palm tree covered Skinny Sea Legs leggings, which are super practical and funky.

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