Fishing

No self-isolation for fishermen after landing catches

Fishing boats
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Bailiwick fishing crews do not have to self-isolate for 14 days after landing their catch in the UK, France or Jersey, the States has confirmed.

Guernsey Ports has approved 25 applications fishing boats from Guernsey and Alderney to do so.

The crews do not have to quarantine themselves after selling their catch because they do "not leave their vessels or have any physical contact with those ashore", the States said.

The government described the two week self-isolation period as a "key measure in protecting the community", but exceptions could me made on a "case-by-case basis" to protect "critical" industries.

All exemptions must be approved by the director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink, and those operating will have to follow some restrictions, the States added.

Fish prices 'showing signs of improvement'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's fishermen say there is some light at the end of the tunnel after it was feared their industry would be decimated by the lockdown.

As restaurants, cafes and the tourist trade disappeared overnight many worried about how they would make a living.

However, some like Dan Hunkin, the skipper of Keltic Dawn based in Mevagissey, have said they are making steady progress again.

Mevagissey
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Mr Hunkin said the price of fish had now started to "slowly creep up".

He said: "Last week we had a reasonably good trip aboard but the fish still didn't make the best money but it is showing signs of improvement."

Return of angling will help tackle illegal fishing

Water Bailiff
Ness District Salmon Fishery Board
A water bailiff on patrol in the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board area in the Highlands

Angling groups have welcomed the Scottish government's decision to relax rules around fishing.

Ness District Salmon Fishery Board in the Highlands said the move would help tackle increased incidents of illegal fishing seen during the lockdown.

Anglers play a part in alerting fishery boards to poaching.

Chris Conroy, of Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, said: “Our anglers have been extremely diligent in obeying the catch and release programme to combat falling salmon numbers and they deserve the opportunity to resume their favourite sport."