Monty Halls (TV Presenter) - “Between a rock & a hard plaice”

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Monty Halls (TV Presenter) - “Between a rock & a hard plaice”

  1. 1. BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARDPLAICE - THE MAKING OF THE FISHERMANS APPRENTICE
  2. 2.  One of the most successful fisheries on earth Catches have remained stable or improved since 1947 Control handed over to the fishermen in 1995 Seven councils made up of elected fishermen running seven districts Limit on pot numbers, tags for pots, limit on times of fishing, maximum size limit. V-notching, return of berried hens, lower size limit all standard. Two boats have to leave the business for one new license to be issued.
  3. 3.  5368 men lost 1,000 boats, 265 that went down with all hands 1860 to 1906, 660 boats were lost and 3880 men In one storm alone in 1862, 15 schooners foundered and 120 men were lost.
  4. 4.  Local people pay money up front to the fleet (or certain boats) They pay a lump sum to get fresh fish once a week for a set period - in the case of Port Clyde it was three months The fish are picked up from a central distribution point Price is fixed at the start of the three month period 200 people signed up, paying $360 each = $72,000 divided between four boats Fish are provided gutted, with head still on, or filleted Filleting lessons, menus, fish throw-downs have all developed from this initial concept. Shrimp went from 50c a pound, to $3 a pound using this system.

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