Brixham fish market lands £43.5 million record catch

Joseph Bulmer

Brixham’s fish market has recorded its best year ever with sales topping a whopping £43.5 million.

The news comes despite the fall-out from Brexit and the UK’s new relationship with the EU and the challenges presented by the pandemic.

The value of fish landed in Brixham in 2021 was over £3 million higher than the previous record from 2017.

Brixham MP Anthony Mangnall describes the port as one of the jewels in the crown of his constituency.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently launched the two remaining pillars of the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme, one focussing on infrastructure and the other on skills and training.

This funding offers the opportunity for Brixham Fish Market and other ports in South Devon to expand further, by developing their harbours and encouraging future generations to explore a career in this highly skilled sector.

Mr Mangnall said: “Brixham is an important indicator into the health of the fishing industry.

"The Fish Market’s 2021 record beating sales numbers paint a positive picture about the health of the industry and its potential to thrive over the coming years. The fishing community in Brixham and the Brixham Trawler Agents have worked incredibly hard to create new opportunities and ensure that this coastal community would continue to thrive throughout the pandemic.

"Despite the doom mongering about life outside of the European Union, we have a clear example that shows the opportunities and the benefits that can be found through the UK as an independent trading nation."

Barry Young, Managing Director, Brixham Trawler Agents, said: "“Despite the pandemic and rumours around the impact of Brexit we have seen both our sales to domestic markets and exports to the EU increase nicely. With over £43.5 million worth of sales taking place in 2021, we are expecting 2022 to be an even bigger year.

"The combination of life outside of the EU and the pandemic has ensured that we have diversified our markets and looked to new opportunities. From increasing our domestic market sales to being well prepared for any bureaucratic changes, Brixham Fish market has shown that there is a positive story to tell."