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SEATON: Storms hit fishing industry

Friday, 17 January 2014

THE worst storms in decades have made a massive impact on East Devon and West Dorset – and the local fishing industry hasn’t escaped damage either.
Well-known Beer fisherman Kim Aplin, who has spent all his life working off the beach, has given an insight into how the recent storms have affected his fortunes as he hasn’t been able to retrieve his crab pots since December 10th.
“I have around 100 crab pots out there and I have just been out there today with Dave Newton (another Beer fisherman with crab pots) and in four hours managed to find 30 of them,” said Aplin.
“Because of the storms they have all got tangled up with other pots and we have to first find them and then try and sort them all out.
“Also today the crab pot arm (on his boat Sambe) snapped off because of the weight of several pots that had got tangled up together.”
At £40 a pot Aplin and Newton can ill afford to lose too many so assuming the weather doesn’t get any worse he will be out at sea until he has located all 100.
“I would say this has definitely been some of the worst storms I have seen in 20 years and coupled with the biggest tides it has been a nightmare,” added Aplin.
“It was December 10th when I last pulled up the pots and since then I have just had a few fishing trips but that is all.
“Ideally we could do with three or four really calm days to find them all because some will have drifted a mile away at least and it will take time to get them all.”

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