ENGLAND’s most lucrative fishing port defied Brexit thugs by setting a record for 2021.
The often most valuable Brixham Fish Market landed £ 43.6million worth of seafood.
The Port of Devon surpassed £ 35.8million last year and the previous record high of £ 40.3million in 2017.
It comes after the UK left the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy in December 2020, regaining control over who fishes in UK waters and how much they can take for the first time since 1973.
Critics had claimed that the EU’s seafood export rules would cripple the industry, but sources say Brixham has prepared well.
Barry Young, boss of Brixham Trawler Agents, said the port has flourished.
He said: “Despite the pandemic and Brexit rumors, we have seen our sales to domestic markets and our exports to the EU increase nicely.
“The positive story is reflected well in these record sales figures. “
Local MP Tory Anthony Mangnall said: “It shows the opportunities and benefits that can be found as an independent trading nation.”