Big election tour promotes fishing industry

MP Tim Loughton at Greenpeace Coastal Champion event SUS-150327-153902001
MP Tim Loughton at Greenpeace Coastal Champion event SUS-150327-153902001

GREENPEACE UK members stopped by Shoreham in a fishing boat as part of an awareness tour to promote the local, sustainable fishing industry.

In the run-up to the general election, Greenpeace has organised a tour across to 25 English and Welsh ports to encourage candidates to sign up as coastal champions and put local, low impact fishermen first.

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton was there to greet Greenpeace on their ninth stop on March 21 at La Poissonerie in Brighton Road.

The campaigners plan to stop off in more than 50 constituencies with their sustainable fishing boat, The Rising Tide.

Hannah Martin, Greenpeace campaigner, said: “During the tour, hundreds of MPs and candidates will be invited to become coastal champions.

“They will need to answer tough questions and convince voters that they will put local, sustainable fishermen first if they win the next election.

“Greenpeace will expose the MPs and candidates who fail to make the grade as this will clearly show the differences between the political parties on this vital local issue.”

The tour will end days before the May 7 election in the fisheries minister George Eustice’s constituency of Hayle.

The campaigners are hoping that the minister will respond to the breadth of support for the campaign from the public and MPs.