Appledore fish dock opens
APPLEDORE S new �3.6 million fish dock has been officially opened today (Monday) by Huw Irranca-Davies, the Minister Responsible for the Marine and Natural Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs. It provides for vessels not only to unload their catches f
APPLEDORE'S new �3.6 million fish dock has been officially opened today (Monday) by Huw Irranca-Davies, the Minister Responsible for the Marine and Natural Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs.It provides for vessels not only to unload their catches for processing on site, but also to take on ice, diesel and water and has a net loft, where repairs can be undertaken. The new facilities ensure the fish processing business has a workspace that complies with the increasingly rigid regulations surrounding these operations.As part of the improvements, a traceability system using the latest touch screen technology has been installed. This enables data to be accessed from further along the supply chain, ensuring that the operations at Appledore enable catch quality to be maintained and add value to the product.The 1,064 square metre building includes a large ground floor processing area, with a public viewing window. There are separate fridges for landed fish and processed fish awaiting collection, plus an ice storage area, freezer, blast freezer, loading area and a separate box store and box washing area.Sheds once used for maintenance and storage have been replaced by a two-storey extension that houses a state of the art ice making facility. The fish landing facilities have also been improved, with the quay wall structurally re-faced and more space provided on the quayside to enable greater levels of operation.There are also changing rooms, toilets and showers, an office and staff room.The building has been constructed to the highest sustainability standards, incorporating a copper roof and innovative features such as warm air ventilation using heat recovered from freezer condensers.Another part of the project has been to upgrade two properties to the western side of the site to provide 160 square metres of serviced office space. This space of 12 offices is likely be let as managed office space, targeted at individual fishing or shellfish businesses, or other small businesses, particularly in the marine sector, looking for office space.The project has been funded by the South West England Regional Development Agency, the Marine Fisheries Agency, the European Regional Development Fund, Torridge District Council and Bideford Trawlerman's Co-operative.Mr Irranca-Davies, said: "It's great to see such a prime example of what can be achieved when a community pulls together for everyone's benefit. Working together is the only way we can achieve our common goal - fishermen and their communities making a living from the sea while protecting stocks to ensure that there are enough fish to sustain the industry for generations to come. I congratulate everyone involved in what has been a very productive partnership." South West Regional Development Agency area director for Devon, Ian Thompson, said: "This has been a significant investment by the RDA in encouraging sustainable economic development for Appledore, including support for its traditional industries, and this new eco-friendly building gives the local fishing industry the facilities it needs to grow, become more competitive, secure existing jobs and create new employment. It's further good news for North Devon's economy, following the recent MoD carrier contract for Babcock, and an excellent example of how the RDA works with partners to invest to unlock business potential across the region."Torridge District Council's Special Projects Manager Vanessa Saunders, who has overseen the project from its beginning, said: "Working together with both the private and public sectors has not only enabled a considerable amount of funding to be raised to be able to re-develop the old fish dock, but will also bring additional benefits to the wider economy of Torridge.