The ships log : 10.00am stardate 12/02/2018. The triology of the 'fishing' was held at the RNLI aimed at the South Bay Traders & Association along with others of associated interest and it was an interesting turnout with the usual suspects along with an extra bod from SBC.
The Chair opened the meeting outlining the Council's need for cutbacks with savings of £2mil pa expected to be made over the next five years. He then asked how can we do more over the next 10 to 30 years? (ergo 'make more')
The role of the fishing industry? To summarise the previous two meetings we need to keep the facilities up to date. However short & sweetly managed, there was a comfy seat with an extraordinary view;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTb3rTmMHnc
FA: From a traders point of view the harbour together with the tradition of fishing was the best free show in town. It gives Scarborough integrity , community & proper jobs. we need to find a way of marketing special shellfish ... make the most of our natural and historic heritage.
JC: I would only reinforce that view... adding the importance of the diversity of the harbour. Smaller boats add to more diversity, in turn supporting local families.
DJ: The harbour is a magnet. How about a visitors centre?
JC: Only if this was commercially viable, not only commercially but sustainable. We would need an undertaking or caveat from the Council.
DJ: If we could ringfence the income.
JC: Even if revenue neutral .. anything eg WC's /parking it needs to be at least neutral and subject to material cost. There are too many loss making ventures although the market is currently strengthening. There has been too many empty shops & to lets, it is very hard in the private sector. We need a balance through out the harbour. We are all a bit nervous and have due concerns. Historically everytime we have this conversation with the local authority it keeps asking the same questions. We have been very patient and there is a lot of interest. There are not many resorts where we all co-exist.
The harbour is very unusual and impacts the whole Old Town community.
A scuba diver : The scallop dredgers are driven out of Scotland due to the damage they are doing to the seabed. The monitoring of auctions. Processors.. 5 processors ... build of processing plants creates a monopoly. An auction house.
We need a plan B.
MoP: Do local fish & chip shops sell local white fish? It is not landed here. Most of the white fish is caught up north, eg Iceland.
JS: We need to look at sustainability.
JJ: A bone of contention is the harbour funding...
The leisure side of the harbour : there is limited reserves for leisure boats, visiting boats find it very difficult to get into the harbour. The fishing & leisure income is about the same income wise.
Another pontoon in the inner harbour, how would that impact?
SBC: Have looked at extending pontoons... to squeeze a few more boats in there. The problem is with navigation and we have got to accept vehicles up to 70m in length.
The warehouses pay and invest in the harbour (circa £1k pa). More facilitites are needed such as showers and a toilet block.
MoP: Need to mix it up a bit ... be a bit more creative.
JC: Listening to the history, when John Shepherd signed of parts of the harbour near the Ivy House & Luna park ie floating pontoons.
JJ: He also looked at the outer harbour ...
FA: It can be done but again needs to be cost sensitive.
The West Pier has the ability to host events eg the Goldwings, Armed Forces Day along with smaller events
SS: What about putting a structure over it?
MoP: It is a waste of space in winter. Though it provides convenient short term parking. As does Marine Drive. How much importance of access & parking?
The day visitors (mainly camp visitors) it is convenient to use the park & ride. Others want to park conveniently close to the harbour. Not spaces for camping vans. (another wade into the parking ... yawn)
Ah, so ...
FA: What is the Councils vision for the West Pier car park?
It needs to be kept marinal.
A visitors centre needs to be in keeping with the industrial. Perhaps repositioning the crabstalls and opening up a plazza with a heritage based contribution. Keep the traditional, more stalls and to have traction and fit in with the local community.
More leisure facilities? The last things we need is more retail outlets. Certainly no residential units. The noise from the traditional harbour industry.
Fishing was once decreasing but is now back in with more smaller boats under 10m.
Clarify the parking income, look at the big picture... Oh but I was.
for the dead travel fast... better late than never, eh? Slightly distracted by a whisper.
Ah, so ...
"It's another demonstration of the power of Big Data - of mining a huge batch of statistics to see patterns of behaviour that were simply not apparent before. Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe. The analysis reveals that more than 55% of the world's oceans are subject to industrial exploitation.
By area, fishing's footprint is now over four times that of agriculture. That's an astonishing observation given that fisheries provide only 1.2% of global caloric production for human food consumption. The investigation shows clearly that the biggest influences on this activity are not environmental - whether it is summer or winter, or whether there is an El Niño or fish are migrating, for example. Rather, the major controlling factors are very largely political and cultural."
For the same old, same old. How time flies ...