Plymouth is looking for an official fish guru – and will pay them almost £50,000.
As part of the city’s new strategy to develop the fishing industry, the council is asking for Government funding to draw up a study into how to better support the sector.
The council is asking for £75,000 from the Marine Management Organisation to fund the plan, council leader Tudor Evans told members of the authority’s Cabinet on Tuesday.
The Labour-run council has also created a £40,000-a-year new job for a fishing development manager to support the industry.
The job description on the city council’s website says: “Fishing is an important business sector in Plymouth, with great opportunities for growth however this role needs somebody equally at home on the fish quay early in the morning as being able to write a policy report in the afternoon.”
The post, with a salary range of £42,806 to £47,546, has a closing date of February 20.
Cllr Evans said at the meeting: “The council is continuing to support the fishing industry and to do this we need expert knowledge and a plan for fishing.”
He said the council would work with the industry in Plymouth to create a strategy to “put the right infrastructure in place.”
Fishing supports more than 600 jobs in Plymouth. The city has the second largest fresh fish market in England, selling the catch from hundreds of boats.
The industry adds more than £15m to the city’s economy each year, landing around 13 per cent of England’s total fish catch.
In 2017 the fish quay and market at Sutton Harbour had a turnover of £18.8m, putting Plymouth in the top three English ports with Brixham and Newlyn.
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