STORMS: Fishermen hit by wild weather

Andy Alcock

Andy Alcock

First published in News

MONTHS of wet and windy conditions are causing extreme hardship for local fishermen.

Recent storms have seen boats remain in harbours and expensive fishing equipment go missing.

Andy Alcock, secretary of the Weymouth and Portland Licensed Fishermen’s and Boatmen’s Association, said ‘thousands of pounds of damage’ had been done to boats in harbours.

He said: “Everybody talks about what’s happening inland.

“Nobody has come to us and has said: ‘What has it cost us?’”

Mr Alcock suggested a number of the damages were ‘unseen’ and that it would take three weeks of ‘settled weather’ for fishermen to even begin to recover.

He revealed that a number of fishermen had been affected since mid-December.

“These boys have done six to eight days of work since before Christmas.

“It really has been devastating.”

He added: “Not one politician has come up to the fisherman of Weymouth and Portland and said: ‘How can we help you?’”

Jan Davey, 38, from Portland, has fished from Chesil Cove for 22 years.

On Wednesday, February 5, his boat Try Again, was smashed to pieces by the huge waves that crashed over the sea wall at Chiswell.

His reserve boat, located on land behind the sea wall, had a similar fate.

His father, Rhys, 68, said his son was one of only three fishermen with a licence to fish around Chesil Cove.

He said: “He’s determined to carry on. He will try by whatever means to keep going.

“This time it’s been extremely trying for him.”

The petrol winch, sited on the sea wall, had also been severely damaged.

Mr Davey’s father added: “The fishing has always supplemented his income. He has always fished around the year.

“To be without a boat, it’s not very good.”

As part of a package to help communities hit by flooding, a £5,000 ‘repair and renew’ grant for all affected homeowners and businesses will be available.

One Weymouth fishermen, who wished to remain anonymous, said he would like to see the £5,000 grant extended to fishermen.

“We’re here, in Dorset, earning a living, generating millions for the economy through fish sales, and yet they haven’t even mentioned us in dispatches.

“We would like to see the avail ability of that £5,000 grant. It wouldn’t cover us but it would certainly help us – to buy new ropes, a few new pots and get us back on the road to earning again.”

South Dorset MP Richard Drax said he was happy to raise concerns in Parliament and explore ways Defra could help the fishing trade. Mr Drax said: “It is certainly a point worth making to the government.

“A lot of people have suffered in this terrible, unprecedented weather. The stormy seas have affected the fishermen in as much as the rain has affected the farmers.”

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10:15am Thu 20 Feb 14

chesil beach says...

You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............
You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers .............. chesil beach
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

codlips says...

chesil beach wrote:
You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............
What a ridiculous quote.Theres obviously no comparison to losing your home or life and being able to make a living.The fact is the article makes no such comparison.The commercial fisherman are just saying that they haven't been able to go to sea and make a living,just like the farmers,so should also be entitled to the £5000 grant.Do you not think that's fair?
[quote][p][bold]chesil beach[/bold] wrote: You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous quote.Theres obviously no comparison to losing your home or life and being able to make a living.The fact is the article makes no such comparison.The commercial fisherman are just saying that they haven't been able to go to sea and make a living,just like the farmers,so should also be entitled to the £5000 grant.Do you not think that's fair? codlips
  • Score: 11

1:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

chesil beach says...

codlips wrote:
chesil beach wrote:
You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............
What a ridiculous quote.Theres obviously no comparison to losing your home or life and being able to make a living.The fact is the article makes no such comparison.The commercial fisherman are just saying that they haven't been able to go to sea and make a living,just like the farmers,so should also be entitled to the £5000 grant.Do you not think that's fair?
Just after a handout , Jumping on the band wagon,
[quote][p][bold]codlips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chesil beach[/bold] wrote: You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous quote.Theres obviously no comparison to losing your home or life and being able to make a living.The fact is the article makes no such comparison.The commercial fisherman are just saying that they haven't been able to go to sea and make a living,just like the farmers,so should also be entitled to the £5000 grant.Do you not think that's fair?[/p][/quote]Just after a handout , Jumping on the band wagon, chesil beach
  • Score: -6

3:21pm Thu 20 Feb 14

35vulcan35 says...

Disgraceful that no-one in authority has offered help.Time the politicians in this country started putting British people first. All foreign aid should be ceased immediately, and the money wasted on Asia, Africa & 3rd world countries directed to fisherman, flood victims, councils, sea defences, and people who are struggling financially in this country.
Disgraceful that no-one in authority has offered help.Time the politicians in this country started putting British people first. All foreign aid should be ceased immediately, and the money wasted on Asia, Africa & 3rd world countries directed to fisherman, flood victims, councils, sea defences, and people who are struggling financially in this country. 35vulcan35
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

I agree that the Tories should make money available to Weymouth & Portland fishermen, even if this is in the form of a loan with interest free repayments. That said I doubt very much if this will happen as we are no longer in the public spotlight and the Tory Wellies will be dispatched to their heartland. What we don't need is a UKIP party political broadcast from those with vested interests making the most of a sorry situation.
I agree that the Tories should make money available to Weymouth & Portland fishermen, even if this is in the form of a loan with interest free repayments. That said I doubt very much if this will happen as we are no longer in the public spotlight and the Tory Wellies will be dispatched to their heartland. What we don't need is a UKIP party political broadcast from those with vested interests making the most of a sorry situation. woodsedge
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Tinker2 says...

Good luck to our local fishermen; hard working boys that go out in most all weathers to bring back a catch, feed their families and keep the wolf from the door. Some of us recognise it is not an easy way to make a living and if you can't get out, or your gear is wrecked, then you have no money coming in.
Let's pray for some calm seas, the sun on your backs and a safe return boys with a catch to sell !
Good luck to our local fishermen; hard working boys that go out in most all weathers to bring back a catch, feed their families and keep the wolf from the door. Some of us recognise it is not an easy way to make a living and if you can't get out, or your gear is wrecked, then you have no money coming in. Let's pray for some calm seas, the sun on your backs and a safe return boys with a catch to sell ! Tinker2
  • Score: 3

6:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

radiator says...

chesil beach wrote:
You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............
What a pathetic statement to make, dont you realize that these people are the backbone of any country,fisherman, farmers,and anyone involved in the food supply chain. These people are self employed they dont get holiday pay ,sick pay,they only get paid when they work,and you dont get them going on strike and holding the country to ransom.
[quote][p][bold]chesil beach[/bold] wrote: You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............[/p][/quote]What a pathetic statement to make, dont you realize that these people are the backbone of any country,fisherman, farmers,and anyone involved in the food supply chain. These people are self employed they dont get holiday pay ,sick pay,they only get paid when they work,and you dont get them going on strike and holding the country to ransom. radiator
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Laadeeda says...

As an island nation we have fished home waters for time immemorial. The same provisions should be afforded to our fishing industry as that of any other industry. More for communities that live by the sea.
As an island nation we have fished home waters for time immemorial. The same provisions should be afforded to our fishing industry as that of any other industry. More for communities that live by the sea. Laadeeda
  • Score: 0

5:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

chesil beach says...

radiator wrote:
chesil beach wrote:
You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............
What a pathetic statement to make, dont you realize that these people are the backbone of any country,fisherman, farmers,and anyone involved in the food supply chain. These people are self employed they dont get holiday pay ,sick pay,they only get paid when they work,and you dont get them going on strike and holding the country to ransom.
Then what about taxi drivers / window cleaners / gardeners / there are loads of self employed who suffer with bad weather that stops them earning a wage As for pathetic with the crap you put on here you are probably describing yourself.
[quote][p][bold]radiator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chesil beach[/bold] wrote: You are moaning you cant go fishing, Jan,s boat got smashed because he did not move it to a safe place , People have lost there homes with no chance of getting them back , some have lost there lives and you are whinging you cant go fishing, go get your boats and fishing gear ready for the summer like fishermen have done every winter you are sounding like the weymouth hoteliers ..............[/p][/quote]What a pathetic statement to make, dont you realize that these people are the backbone of any country,fisherman, farmers,and anyone involved in the food supply chain. These people are self employed they dont get holiday pay ,sick pay,they only get paid when they work,and you dont get them going on strike and holding the country to ransom.[/p][/quote]Then what about taxi drivers / window cleaners / gardeners / there are loads of self employed who suffer with bad weather that stops them earning a wage As for pathetic with the crap you put on here you are probably describing yourself. chesil beach
  • Score: 0

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