Fishing industry would be 'finished' if restrictions are imposed, according to Folkestone trawler Terry Noakes

Fishermen are still trading - but with uncertainty of their futures as proposed restrictions could stop their trade “overnight,” it is claimed.

Terry Noakes, the managing director of Folkestone Trawlers, was invited to London to meet with Dr Thérèse Coffey, the minster for the environment.

He was joined by MP Damian Collins and fishermen Tony Hills and Paul Beresford.

They discussed the selection of sites that could be included in the third phase of consultation in adopting Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the coastline.

The MCZs are enforced to protect the marine wildlife, although Mr Noakes said there is no evidence to suggest that fishing can cause an adverse impact to the seabeds.

There are two proposed areas off the coast at Folkestone and Hythe that could be under threat of becoming restricted.

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