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Old 16th Aug 2019, 15:15
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KelvinD
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Hampshire
Age: 73
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Exrigger: Thanks for the link. Some very interesting stats in there. Some years ago, when I was a bit more lively and still had a boat, I often took my nipper to Brixham for a spot of sea fishing and I couldn't help noticing the boats based there seemed to be going through a period of name changing. I asked a local about it and was told the licences were being bought up by Dutch operators. Same boat, same port and same crew but now suddenly owned by Dutch companies. Then, some years after that, I was working in Saudi Arabia and came across a bloke from Cumbria (working for BAE, I think) and he was telling me how he had inherited a fishing boat from his father. I asked him if he was going to go home and run the boat and he told me he planned to sell it. While the boat was small and in need of a lot of TLC, the licence that went with the boat would be worth around 400,000 to a European operator.
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