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Fishermen across the East say their industry is on a knife edge as the market for their catch dries up due to the coronavirus crisis.
At Leigh on Sea in Essex, fisherman Paul Gibson says he's experienced several challenges over the years, none of which amount to this scale.
Covid-19 follows years of decline in the industry here in the East, but now it could be fatal.
Fish sales to pubs and restaurants in the UK are almost non-existent due to the lockdown and those dealing in white fish sold to countries on the continent have been hit especially hard.
In neighbouring counties the story is the same. Lowestoft's fish market in Suffolk is currently closed and boats are staying in the harbour.
At 'Ben's Fish' on Mersea Island they'd normally supply high end London restaurants. Now they're surviving by selling to islanders.
It comes as many other industries in the region struggle during the crisis:
With the extra worry of post-Brexit negotiations over British Waters looming, fishermen in the region say they hope the government will be able to offer them more support to keep the industry alive in the future.
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