Meet your local fishermen, find out what they do and where your seafood comes from
The North Devon fishing industry has cast its nets into cyberspace with its first website.
The North Devon Fishermen’s Association (NDFA) site at www.northdevonfishermen.co.uk is packed with information about the association, its members and seafood they bring to dinner plates across the region.
The site is now live and has been made possible thanks to funding from the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).
The money also enabled the creation of brochures to send out to customers and cards that will go out with every box of fish and shellfish delivered to let people know more about where their fish has come from and the work of local fishermen.
Chairman John Balls said the association represented the whole industry, from trawlermen to the shellfish fleet and processors, which include Coombe Fisheries in Barnstaple plus Fal Fish and Ocean Fish in Cornwall.
He said the NDFA had turned its fortunes around in recent times: “We felt it was time to move into the modern world and have a website,” he said. “It explains what we are about and who we work with – fishermen do not solely take from the sea, we do a lot of work with scientific bodies and surveys and we have an association with North Devon Biosphere.”
The NDFA also has a new logo and has had supporters’ stickers, printed by Blue Orange Signs of South Molton, freely available by visiting the NDFA website.