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Waterdance Fisheries and Quota Manager Appointed – South-West fishing company Waterdance has announced that Martyn Youell, currently Head of the Fisheries Management Team at MMO, will be joining the company at the at the end of April.

Martyn will head up Fisheries and Quota management for Waterdance, which is part of the Greendale Group. It has 23 fishing vessels based in the South West including beam trawlers, netters, potters and scallopers with two new boats currently under construction; a 35-metre beam trawler and a 15-metre potter.

Martyn YouellWaterdance Managing Director Nigel Blazeby said, “we are looking forward to having Martyn as part of our dynamic team. There are considerable challenges ahead in Fisheries – from quota management, sustainability, the Landing Obligation and Brexit!

Having someone who has an understanding of how fisheries management works will be of great benefit. A flow of skills and experience between regulators and the fishing industry is a positive move. ‘Revolving doors’ and crossing over of expertise can only make for a better industry.”

Martyn Youell is joining Waterdance from the MMO at the end of April.

About Waterdance

Waterdance is a family-owned fishing company and is part of the Greendale Group, with 23 boats based in Devon and Cornwall including beam trawlers, netters, potters and scallopers with two new boats currently under construction: a 35-metre beam trawler and a 15-metre potter. All of the boats use their own quota as much as possible but we do also trade quota domestically and internationally.

Their boats land regularly at Brixham, Newlyn, Salcombe and Exmouth. These ports provide direct access to the western channel where clean deep waters and strong currents create the perfect environment for world class seafood. Sustainable fishing methods ensure that these stocks remain intact.

Their catch regularly includes Sole, Plaice, Hake, Cuttlefish and Pollack as well as Whelks, Crabs and Lobsters.

Waterdance aim to make a significant contribution to the local economy in Devon and Cornwall: our boats have over 120 full-time ocean-going skippers and crew, as well as an on-shore team (which helps to land, process, distribute and sell the seafood) and several administrative staff.

They prioritise safety, compliance and sustainability. All of their boats are flagged to the UK, where the maritime safety standards are some of the highest in the world.

Photo: Waterdance