I WRITE in response to the Fish Quay and Mr Scott’s views about fish stocks and Mr Johnson’s view that the fish quay will have to adapt to the circumstances of the day (News Guardian, Letters, May 31).
I couldn’t agree more. Evolution and good business, from the individual and community level, not only demands but enforces this.
And good business does not throw away hugely valuable assets that can be adapted and conserved in favour of short term schemes, especially schemes that depended on the draw of the fishing industry in the first place.
In this case, the assets are the workforce and the communities they come from with their centuries of experience and discipline and all the associated amenities of the fishing industry.
Good business certainly wouldn’t throw them away because of a decline in the types of fish stocks usually landed.
They would change their methods, look for other fish types, and/or expand into other related areas for their industry.
And as for the comment that people come to watch other ships, lets not go there. That industry was badly managed to death, losing forever not only a whole workforce but it’s high level, essential for national security, skills base. So now, seeing a ship on the Tyne is a rare event.
Why get rid of the fishing industry when we could help it adapt and conserve it for the future?
During the massive changes the seas are going through, fish stocks need monitoring and managing that’s for sure, so who better to do the actual physical work but the people who have literally been bred for the job? The fishermen, who have all the moods of the sea going through their veins.
And as for tourism, heritage sites have their place, but living vibrant communities with long histories are always preferable and a better draw.
So who better to take folk out on sea wildlife tours, take out divers etc, than the fishermen.
This way we conserve a valuable asset, our workforce and it’s associated industry, keeping our heritage and our community alive and evolving through the wild environmental, social and economic changes we are facing, instead of consigning it to be buried alive by the deadly hand of ‘heritage site’, with the obligatory blue plaque tombstone in the middle of a dormitory housing development that can’t be sold because of unemployment, and which no self respecting tourist would wish to visit.
Wake up folks! Look what happened to Whitley Bay. Bad ‘business’ (council decisions etc) threw away valuable assets and now, while tourists are flocking back to other seaside resorts, they aren’t flocking to Whitley Bay.