The British fisherman from Whitby said the town will be “somebody again” after Brexit following years of EU regulations preventing Britain’s fishing industry from thriving.
British fishermen believe UK waters are overfished by other EU countries and the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) means they are also restricted as to how much they can fish.
The strict EU regulations mean that some British fishermen are forced to throw fish back into the sea.
Speaking on BBC’s The One Show, trawlerman Arnold Locker said: “We have to be responsible for the fish that is in our waters.
“I want Whitby to get back to where it was. I want a fishing community.
“I want guys to be rewarded for the hard work. We’ll be somebody again. You know, we’ll be fishing town again.”
Britain currently exports 80 per cent of its stock, with the majority going to the EU.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove told the BBC show that Brexit will be “good for Britain’s coastal communities and for the fishing industry overall”.
Mr Gove told BBC’s Andrew Marr: “Fishing in the immediate area around our waters, six to 12 miles – yes, we will be saying that we are taking back control. We will have control. We can decide the terms of access.
Sixty coastal communities across nine European Union nations have called on Brussels to make UK fish exports to the bloc conditional on EU vessels’ access to British waters.
Gerard Van Balsfoort, chairman of the alliance, which represents fishermen from Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Ireland, said: “The Brexit agreement needs to take care of our coastal communities.
“The long-term economic future means safeguarding current reciprocal access arrangements to waters and markets and maintaining current distribution of fishing opportunities.”