|The famous Cornelis Vrolijk|
I haven't shared anything here for a while. That's not because I haven't done anything interesting—quite the contrary—but because what I have been doing has been largely behind-the-scenes. We're close to finalising the outputs from my current project (on agricultural nutrient pollution—particularly from cow sh*t, insert emoji of your choice here), though, so there will be more on that very soon.
In May I'll be starting a very exciting new project, too, so when the time comes will share that here as well.
However! That's not what this post is for. As well as agriculture, I'm still actively working on fisheries (I have a paper in press, written with Tom Appleby and Jim Pettipher, that will be out very soon—it's open access so I will share that here when it goes public).
And last week, my awkward Yorkshire accent made its radio debut on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, when Ross Hawkins interviewed me about the foreign ownership of English fishing quota and the post-Brexit prospects of the small-scale fleet. I've got a piece coming out in the next issue of The Land exploring this issue, so won't talk about it too much here (as I don't want to scoop myself!) but I believe you can listen to the (short and sweet) piece on iPlayer. It features some nice soundbites from the always-eloquent Jerry Percy and Paul Joy, who are much better on the radio than I am. Cornelis Vrolijk (famous as the UK's biggest fishing boat, and holder of nearly a quarter of all English fishing quota) were also interviewed, which I enjoyed as it's rare the 'big guys' are heard in the media.