Landing the right person for top fishing job

The hunt is on for someone to help one of the city’s biggest industries to grow and flourish.

Plymouth City Council is looking to appoint a fishing industry development manager to fight the industry’s corner at a national and local level and help the city’s fishing industry thrive.

Fishing is an important business sector in Plymouth. The city has the second largest fresh fish market in England and sustains over 600 direct and indirect jobs. In 2017, a total of 365 different fishing vessels sold their catch through the market.

The same year the fish quay and market had a turnover £18.8 million, making Sutton Harbour of national significance for landing and exporting fish. The fishing industry adds over £15m in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the city’s economy each year, landing around 13 per cent of England’s total fish catch each year.

Alongside Brixham and Newlyn, Plymouth is in the top three English ports by both catch and value, collectively landing over 30,000 tonnes of fish with a market value exceeding £73 million.

Council leader Tudor Evans OBE said: “Fishing is massively important to this city. It is an industry that employs hundreds of people and its fortunes have a huge impact on families and businesses here.

“Fishing is facing a time of huge uncertainty. But there are also opportunities to be had and we believe that the post holder will pay a key role in finding these opportunities and making the most of them.”

The job is being advertised in the Fishing News as well as online and the description calls for someone capable of increasing the scale, resilience and innovation of the fishing industry across all aspects of the sector from catching, landing, processing, transport, marketing, retail, leisure and visitors, science, to research and development, training and skills.

The post holder would be working to improve infrastructure and regeneration and have good working relationships with the industry and partners. The position has been created as part of the administration’s push to support this key marine and maritime sector in Britain’s Ocean City.

He added: “We are looking for somebody who can be a powerful voice for this very important sector of our city.”

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