Opinion: Bridlington at the heart of UK’s fishing industry

Mike Cohen.
Mike Cohen.

For something that has been here so long and is doing so well, fishing in Bridlington seems surprisingly easy to miss.

People have been catching fish in Bridlington Bay and selling it for more than 300 years.

One lobster in five caught in England and Wales is landed in Bridlington.

One lobster in five caught in England and Wales is landed in Bridlington.

It’s been a vital part of the culture of this area for generations. Yet few people realise how important it is today.

Bridlington is at the heart of one of the UK’s most important fishing fleets.

Most of what we catch is shellfish: crabs, lobsters and whelks. One lobster in every five caught in England and Wales is landed in Bridlington and one crab in every eight.

When you include the landings from fishing boats in Flamborough, Hornsea, Withernsea and Easington, you can readily see how important Holderness is to the UK’s fishing industry.

Fishing is hard work and it can be full of uncertainties, but most of the people who do it can’t imagine wanting to do anything else. Today, most of what we catch is exported.

The cold, clean waters of the Holderness coast provide perfect growing conditions for top quality shellfish. As a result, our catch is always in demand wherever people value really good, fresh food.

If you want to do just that, then a great opportunity is coming up later this year at The Great Bridlington Seafood Festival.

Last year’s event was a huge success: we welcomed 11,000 visitors to enjoy food, drink, entertainers and fireworks against the back-drop of Bridlington harbour on a perfect summer’s day.

This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Over the course of 9 Juilyand 10 July, Bridlington Harbour will be transformed: there will be live bands and theatrical performances; children’s entertainers and activities; cooking demonstrations from some top local chefs; a licensed bar; stalls selling great locally produced food, drink and artwork; competitions, with some fabulous prizes; and, of course, lots and lots of seafood.

Visit the Great Bridlington Seafood Festival website – www.bridlingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk – to find out more.

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