Yorkshire fisherman says his livelihood is being ‘devastated’ by mass deaths

James Cole, Chair of Whitby Commercial Fishing Association, has been talking about the serious impact the crisis has had on the fishing industry. He said: “It has had a devastating effect on the turnover of shellfish from Whitby and Hartlepool as well.” One particular feature of the crisis has been the lack of brown crabs which have been “absolutely devastated” in number. Velvet Crabs, which Mr Cole says are a food source for many animals which live close to the shore have been “more or less wiped out on the shore grounds”.  The government has said the mass deaths were caused by a “naturally occurring harmful algal bloom”,,, >click to read< 10:35

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