Paul Lines, chairman of Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, told Express.co.uk that Britain could dominate the European fishing marketplace through supplying fish caught in British waters. He added that the UK Government must prioritise rebuilding the domestic fishing industry and that thousands of jobs will need to be created in the industry for Brexit to be deemed a success.
Mr Lines said: “You want the raw material to cut up and sell and if we are clever there is a lot of money to be made.
“We could supply half of the fish that Europe needs.
“Instead of their own boats catching it we could be the catchers and suppliers of it, that is our marketplace.
“Fishermen are the ones that will lose out, processers won’t as that raw material will come from anywhere.
“The Dutch, French and Belgian fishing industries have had 40 years of growth, through grant injection and opportunities.”
He continued: “We have had 40 years of demise, Brexit has got to turn the tables on that demise.
“We have got to rebuild the industry and create 12,000 jobs around Great Britain in fishing.
“It is as simple as that and if it does not happen for us Brexit will have been a complete failure.”
“I have seen quotas fall to the point where we have got one vessel left.
“What we have got left we struggle to get a living from.”
He added: “We gave it all away to be part of Europe, now we want it back.
“We want to see their boats cut up, we want to see their new modern fleet gone because we want that.
“As a country we have got to have that, if we are going to survive on our own, we have got to have everything that we can bring to play to make money.”