Strong start to year for Bridlington harbour

Bridlington harbour.

Bridlington harbour.

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Bridlington’s harbour continues to go from strength to strength as the best performing shellfish port in the country.

During the first quarter of 2013, more new vessels were added to the Bridlington fleet and significant investment has been made in craft and equipment by locally based operators and fishermen.

Chief Executive of the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, Margaret Hyland, said it was very encouraging to see so much activity and investment in the harbour in the first months of the year.

The Commissioners’ believe that these factors bode well for the rest of the year and that it should be seen “as a clear expression of confidence in the future”.

Mrs Hyland said: “This demonstrates just how important the harbour, in its current form, is to Bridlington, the fishing community and the many individuals and businesses that make up the harbour’s commercial connections and we’re all looking forward to another bumper year.”

Roy Leng is one of those to have changed tack at the start of 2013.

Roy, 63, has been fishing for 45 years and has owned trawlers, cobles and at one time a small potter.

He had taken a step towards retirement but in his own words: “That was too boring. It was driving me crazy”.

As a result, Roy sold his workboat, the Emanuel, and bought Striker, which he intends to use for fishing parties for up to a dozen anglers for three to 12-hour trips. He’s also hoping to take on some survey work.

Also new to the harbour is the Beryl M, a new catamaran potter owned by Paul Langley.

Another well known ‘local’, Peter Sanderson, is having a larger vessel built at Grimsby, while another, Jason Dobson has sold his Stirling Girl to Norway and purchased a larger potter, the Ocean Spray, from Newlyn.

Last but not least, the harbour saw the re-emergence of 100 year old Bridlington sailing coble, the Three Brothers, which was brought back to her full glory following months of restoration and was put back in the water earlier this month.

George Traves, chairman of the Harbour Commissioners, said: “As much as we all respect and protect the harbour’s heritage and history, it’s also very important to maintain a flow of new investment in vessels and people, especially if we are to maintain our proud position as the top shellfish port in the UK.”