A further £30,000 is being invested in upgrading facilities at Plymouth Fisheries, the second largest fresh fish market in the country.
An announcement about the additional funding was made today (11.12.14) by owners Sutton Harbour Holdings plc during a visit to the fish market by Clare Moody, Member of the European Parliament for the South West.
The investment will pay for a major upgrade of the external lighting systems at the fish market and is a jointly funded initiative between Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) through the European Fisheries Fund. Once complete, the market will have state-of-the-art new LED energy efficient lighting installed throughout the quayside premises.
The upgrade follows a £1.2million investment in a new ice production and chilling facility which is currently being built at Plymouth Fisheries, expected to complete early in the New Year.
Clare Moody MEP visited the market in Sutton Harbour with Labour candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard, as part of a tour of the city.
Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour and Manager of Plymouth Fisheries, said: “The new lighting scheme along with the new ice plant will see Plymouth Fisheries continue to strengthen its position as one of the country’s most important fresh fish markets, and one of the best places in the region to land a catch.
“We were delighted to welcome Clare Moody MEP to Plymouth Fisheries so she could see first-hand the vital part our business plays in the local and regional economy.”
Clare Moody MEP said: “Having seen the progress of the work on the new ice plant that is currently taking shape at Plymouth Fisheries, this announcement of further investment by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the MMO into the market will ensure that it continues to operate as a key hub for the industry in the South West long into the future.”
Fish landed at many other South West ports is often transported to be sold through Plymouth Fisheries at Sutton Harbour, and the fish market sells more than 6,000 tonnes of fish every year – of which 75 per cent arrives by road.
Many fishermen choose to drive to Plymouth to sell their catch because the fish market is unique in the region, offering the only electronic auction system – operated by Plymouth Trawler Agents – which ensures they can receive a fair price for their catch.
As a result, Plymouth Fisheries is viewed by many as the fisheries hub of the region, sustaining over 600 direct and indirect jobs.
Plymouth Fisheries opened in 1995 at the entrance to Sutton Harbour near the National Marine Aquarium. It can accommodate vessels up to 5.5 metre draft and has 110 metres of landing quays, operating 24 hours a day. As well as ice, fuel and water are also available on site.