Upbeat message for Grimsby – Fishupdate.com

Upbeat message for Grimsby Published:  28 November, 2008

FISHERIES minister Huw Irranca-Davies left Grimsby yesterday with an upbeat message that the fishing port is in good shape to strengthen its position as the premier seafood centre in the UK.

The minister was in town to meet local fishing leaders and get a first hand account of a mutli-million pound modernisation plan for the fish market, which has now received financial approval from the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

He talked to Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, and to Bill Hobson and Steve Norton, chairman and chief executive of the Grimsby FMA over the traditional smoked haddock breakfast on the market, before going on to visit to the new Humber Seafood Institute .

Steve Norton told Fishupdate: ‘The minister was left in no doubt about our determination to move forward. He was fully briefed on our modernisation proposals and we were pleased to hear him tell us that he fully supported what we are doing.’

He added: ‘We also stressed the importance of our trading links with Iceland and we told the minister that relations with the Icelandic fishing industry were now far stronger than previously, despite the banking collapse and all the diplomatic and financial problems it caused a few weeks ago. This is because of the part we in Grimsby played in helping to smooth things out.’

It is understood that the minister, who has been in touch with his Icelandic counterpart, plans to visit Reykjavik early next year to further improve relations.

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