APPLEDORE'S new £3.6 million fish dock will be officially opened on February 9 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, bu

APPLEDORE'S new £3.6 million fish dock will be officially opened on February 9 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, but to take on ice, diesel and water and has a net loft where repairs can be undertaken. Catches can be delivered by boat or by road for processing on site.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 so 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and a separate box store and box washing area with equipment installed.Sheds once used for maintenance and storage have been replaced by a two-storey extension which houses a state of the art ice making facility.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 redevelopment 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.