A once illegal fishery has been reborn as a model of sustainability.
Until the mid-2010s most of the clams and cockles sold via Poole Harbour were illegally fished. But a partnership between fishers, Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and others has made the port a model of sustainability, confirmed by its Marine Stewardship Council certification.
The New Economics Foundation supported the transformation with research and organising as part of its Blue New Deal project to revitalise coastal communities and protecting the natural resources they depend on. This thriving fishery is an example of the benefits of working in partnership with fishers, and that good management leads to social and economic benefits while ensuring fishing is sustainable.
New rules needed
Policies that can help unleash the potential of this or similar initiatives across the UK.
Introduce a Sustainable Economy Act
Climate change laws should be extended to set binding targets to protect all aspects of our environment.
Implement a Blue New Deal for coastal communities
Put coastal communities in control so they can shape local priorities, value their greatest asset and revitalise the UK coast.
Replace GDP with better measures of national success
Better headline indicators – that reflect the things we really want – are essential for better policymaking.
Create devolved ‘just transition’ funds
Government should devolve a proportion of its Green New Deal budget to support local just transition plans.
Austerity has pummelled living standards and public services. Now is the time to end it.