UK fishing communities will be given a new voice when a national survey being carried out this summer is completed, says the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations.
The NFFO disclosed on its website that the maritime charities Seafarers UK and Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) were working together to carry out a UK-wide project to study fishermen, their families and fishing communities.
The survey aims to understand community and individual needs and challenges better, and to identify examples of projects or activities that are working to tackle these.
Many believe UK fishing communities have been in a process of gradual decline and increasing social isolation over the last 40 years, with many suffering profound deprivation.
Although there are extensive published papers on many aspects of the industry, there is little by way of a detailed understanding of the welfare need on the ground and the contemporary challenges facing fishing communities across the UK.
This collaborative project will undertake face-to-face interviews with a wide range of people to identify what clear themes and issues need support and resourcing.
The CRCC will be visiting ports around the country over the coming months and was keen to identify projects or groups that they should be meeting.
Peter Jefferson, CEO of CRCC, said: ‘This community based, interactive project aims to listen to fishing communities around the UK so as to gain a deeper understanding of their needs, helping to develop well grounded project ideas that will then address those needs.’
Barry Bryant, director general of Seafarers UK, added: ‘Seafarers UK is seeking to understand better the needs of fishing communities.
‘We instigated and funded this innovative work as part of our increasingly proactive grant making. We are very confident that we have chosen the right partner organisation to carry out this work.’
Those interested in having their views captured via a personal interview – or who would like to complete a survey – should email the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01872 243559.