Fisheries in South West England

There is much change underway in the South West seafood industry as businesses seek to smarten up, strengthen the brand, cut costs, and prepare themselves for the changes that Brexit negotiations will bring (still unpredictable, but likely to include both good and bad). Plymouth, the largest conurbation in the South West and home to one of the region’s three main fishing centres, is currently looking to support its fishing industry with an infrastructure upgrade.

Across the last quarter of 2019 Crick has been heading up work profiling the fishing and seafood sector of South West England, with a focus on the role played by the Plymouth industry in this important part of the regional economy. Nautilus is working under contract to the lead consultant, Arcadis, alongside local architects, KTA. Crick has been assisted in this work by Nathan de Rosarieux of Tegen Mor Fisheries Consultants.

Set against the backdrop of the city’s significant economic strengths and business confidence – not least its strong mixed marine economy, R&D and further and higher education institutions, and buoyant tourism offer (noting 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower carrying the Pilgrim Fathers to Cape Cod) – it is appropriate that the case for further investment in the fishery sector is well and clearly made. This is particularly so given the strong demand for City Centre waterside space.

The assignment forms the first stage of a commission by Plymouth City Council seeking to advance development planning commitments captured within the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan adopted in March 2019. Engineering and design elements of opportunities specific to the Plymouth Fish Quay and Market will be addressed in Stages 2 & 3 of project.