Sion Williams is a third generation lobster fisherman on the Llŷn Peninsula.

But in March 2020, with the onset of the pandemic, he had to restructure his business in order to adapt.

"Between Brexit and Covid there was uncertainty with buyers," he told our sister title, Corgi Cymru. "Half of my produce used to go to traders for export, with the other half being my own supply businesses."

When coronavirus hit, everything changed suddenly for Sion, as it did for so many other people: "All I got was a text from the traders saying 'we don't want anything for five weeks and maybe five months'. And that was it. 

"Everything was closed and they couldn't sell. And before that, at the start of the year, the extra paperwork because we we had left Europe added extra costs. ”

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At the time, Sion, who is also the director of the Welsh Fishermen's Association, was writing an article for a London newspaper on the impact that leaving the European Union was having on the fishing industry.

The newspaper sent photographer Jude Edington to Llŷn to photograph Sion at work.

With the first lockdown set to begin, Sion said of Jude: "He was about to lose his job as a photographer too - his jobs were being cancelled, and I was his last photo shoot."

Sion was concerned for his livelihood and for his family. He said: "It didn't look very good and he (Jude) said, 'Leave it to me, I have a lot of connections on the London side.'

"So from that, we've started the Lockdown Lobsters business.”

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Today, Sion is buying from four other fishermen to supply his business: "I'm selling everything now in the United Kingdom - most of it goes to London."

He's happy that he is not dependent on the European market: “I have better control of the price now - we sell to the restaurants and over Easter, I had some being sold to the public as well.

"We sell them over the internet and they ship to London every fortnight. And then I have the order business in the United Kingdom. ”

Will Sion be thinking of returning to sell to the European Union in the future?

"No I wouldn't, no," he said, before referencing the recent queues of traffic congestion on the way in to the port of Dover.

"It's been a nightmare for the traders dealing with markets in Europe. And the UK  Government has left them to sort it out themselves.”

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