Ynys Môn MP, Virginia Crosbie took to the floor of the House of Commons Chamber yesterday to sing the praises of the fishing community on Anglesey. Whilst praising the Government’s new Fisheries Bill that replaces the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, Ms Crosbie spoke of her recent visit to the inspirational fisherman Sion Riley. During lockdown, in spite of global chaos, Mr Riley chose to start his own fishing company – Holyhead Shellfish and by all accounts, it has been a total hit with both local restaurants and wholesalers. Môn CF in Holyhead who helped Mr Riley source funding also spoke highly of Mr Riley and the whole of the fishing community of Ynys Môn.
In her speech Ms Crosbie quoted Alun Roberts from Môn CF:
“Small business owners go out in all weathers to bring fresh catches to local markets and a large proportion of the produce is exported to countries all over the world. For these small business owners it is a livelihood and one which enables them to link their passion for the sea with the opportunity to live and work in an area which is renowned for its natural beauty. The quality of Anglesey’s seafood is well known, and the fishing industry has a key role to play in the local economy.
During her speech, Ms Crosbie also spoke about the importance of protecting fish stocks for future generations:
“Effective management is so important if we want fishing to be a viable career choice for our future generations. I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Thomas and Chris Pritchard, two constituents of mine who fish lobster, crab and whelks from their boat the ‘Boy James’. They work tirelessly to provide fresh produce whilst also encouraging and inspiring the next generation of fishermen. However, we must ensure that there are sufficient fish stocks to provide sufficient income if we want to keep these communities alive. That is why I am grateful to see the end of the Common Fisheries Policy and I look forward to a resurgence of Welsh fishing under our new Fisheries Bill.”