The harbour improvements will help local fishermen improve the quality of their catches

Local fishermen and their catches will benefit from better landing facilities

East Devon District Council has been working with the Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group to obtain £26,000 of funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in order to improve fish landing facilities at Axmouth Harbour. The funding has been supplemented by a further £9,000 from East Devon and the East Devon Fishermen’s Association, in recognition of the importance of the facilities at Axmouth to the local fishing industry.

The harbour improvements will include extending the existing concrete hardstanding and putting ducting in place to allow the EDFA to add better lighting, CCTV and wash down facilities. The new works will complement previous works undertaken by East Devon and the EDFA to improve the roadway, refrigeration and ice making facilities.

Ultimately, the improvements will help local fishermen comply with various fisheries directives and will enhance the presentation of fish landed at Axmouth. It will also help the fishermen keep the area clean and safe to use while working.

The works are scheduled to start on Monday 11 June 2018, but the harbour will still be accessible while the improvements are carried out, as barriers will be put in place to guide people through the works.

Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:

It’s great to see these improvements going ahead to help the fishing community at Axmouth continue to thrive by improving the quality of their catch.

Angus Walker, local fisherman, assistant harbour master and representative of the East Devon Fishermen’s Association, said:

We’re really pleased to be working with East Devon to improve the quayside facilities, which will help ensure the viability of fishing from Axmouth.