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Fishermen 'abandoning industry'

Fishing boat at low tide
Mr Le Prevost said there was concern about the future of the industry

A Guernsey fishmonger has warned fishermen are abandoning the industry because of escalating overheads, low fish prices and poor catches.

Co-owner of Seafresh fishmongers Andy Le Prevost said a combination of factors was leading to the demise of the trade.

He said: "The failure of fish prices to rise in accordance with increasing overheads has made it very difficult."

He said there was also a lot of apathy about the future around the harbour.

Mr Le Prevost said: "The fishing has been very changeable this year, the shellfish fishery has been very poor so far, they had a very late start to their lobster season and everything seemed to be very late, and the wet fish seems to be suffering as well at the moment."

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