Storms hit city fish stocks

February 28 2014

FEROCIOUS storms battering Britain's coastal regions have had a knock-on affect on fishmongers, says a local fish shop owner.

FEROCIOUS storms battering Britain's coastal regions have had a knock-on affect on fishmongers, says a local fish shop owner.
Dan Stern, owner of The Fish Shop on Gloucester Road, says that he has had trouble getting hold of fish, particularly from the south west, due to severe storms affecting fishing villages.
Whilst storms have impacted many fishermen around the UK, the most severely affected are those located in the south, south west and along the Welsh coast, confirms national fishermen's charity, the Fishermen's Mission.
The charity aims to tackle poverty and despair in fishing communities by providing emergency welfare and support to fisherman and their families.
Mr Stern said: "There's definitely been a knock-on affect for shops selling fish. We certainly struggled for about two to three weeks - one customer has been waiting weeks for crab.
"It's also been very expensive to get hold of, because the fish are sold at auction and there's been limited supply."
He added: "But as long as customers are flexible, we will always have fish. If we don't have the fish they're looking for, we recommend something else and provide a recipe as well."
Whilst the majority of the shop's fish comes from Devon and Cornwall, Mr Stern has been able to source produce from the north, where the storms have not been so bad.
The shop has a tin to collect donations for the Fishermen's Mission.
Alison Godfrey, director of fundraising at the Fishermen’s Mission, said: "These are desperate time for many of our fishermen. Many have not been able to go out to fish since early December, whereas most fishermen would expect to be able to fish on average three days a week during the winter time. It is not hard to imagine the difficulties they are now facing.
"We have been deeply moved by the response so far but the rate at which we are distributing financial help means that we will soon need to be dipping into our reserves."
Within 24 hours, the charity has provided £12,000 to fishermen and their families to ensure rent, food and utility bills can be paid.
Seafarers UK has donated £50,000 towards the appeal.
For details of the charity's work, visit: www.fishermensmission.org.uk. To support the fisherman and their families, text 'FMEN13 £3' to 70070* / give online at www.justgiving.com/Urgentappeal / send donations to The Fishermen’s Mission, Mather House, 4400 Parkway, Solent Business Park, Whiteley, Hants PO15 7FJ / call FREEPHONE 0800 6341020 to donate over the phone.
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Photo courtesy of the Fishermen's Mission