Truro and Falmouth’s Member of Parliament Cherilyn Mackrory has met with Secretary of State for the Environment and local shellfish producers and pledged her continued support for the industry.
“It was good to meet with the Secretary of State and local shellfish producers to explore areas of best practice from the industry and how we can best support them following the recent EU law changes.”
“I will continue to do all I can to work with the Government and local producers to ensure they are best supported and that the Government continues to press the EU to change back the laws that it changed following the Brexit Trade Deal.”
Cherilyn also commented on the possibility of a Cornwall-Brittany Ferry link. She said:
"Cornwall values the cultural ties that it has with other parts of the world, including Brittany, but lack of ferry capacity is not the problem.”
“The EU decision to ban live bivalve molluscs affects Brittany just as much as it affects Boulougne. Border control rules are an EU competence and neither Brittany as part of France, nor France has power to change them.”
“The port at Roscoff can receive some fisheries products but not live crabs nor live lobsters and most Cornish fishing businesses seek access to the Boulougne market which is why they have tended not to use the existing link to Roscoff from Plymouth in the past.”
“Sadly certain councillors at Cornwall Council seeking re-election have sought to make the establishment of what I am sure could be a very welcome transport link, more than it is, but the fact remains that it is only by changes at EU level will this issue be resolved.”