Mr Rodnell explained: “Ultimately it comes down to the profitability of working in the fishing sector. Obviously it’s not for everybody, the hours and working in the elements, and that’s partly been one of the difficulties in terms of recruitment onto fishing vessels in the past.”Regulation is also a problem, increasingly, particularly in-shore fisheries like Cromer, the fleets becoming more and more limited on particular species. That’s affected the inshore fleet quite significantly.”That’s one of the things to look at post-Brexit – how we go about managing inshore fisheries that depend on the fish coming to them rather than travelling at a distance to find new fishing grounds.”Parts of the industry use migrant labour simply because they’re not able to recruit local people, parts of the fleet are profitable now so the opportunities are there to take up – it’s something we need to encourage.” “There’s a good living to be had, the demand is there and the demand is always going to be there.”They need to get off their a— and do a bit of work.” “Yes it’s hard work but I look at it as a challenge, especially on the rough days,” the father-of-four added.”You just get in the mindset ‘you’re not going to beat me, I am going to keep hauling these pots, I am going to land these crabs’.”At the end of the day that’s what’s paid my mortgage and paid for my kids to have an upbringing and that type of thing. A spokesperson for Seafish told The Telegraph that the industry is “embracing modern technology and is a great career choice for young people who may not want to spend their Monday to Friday sitting at a desk and perhaps want some adventure instead.”They pointed out that there are apprenticeships available, though not in Norfolk – the closest is in Whitby. Dale Rodnell, the Assistant Chief Executive at the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations said that regulations and red tape from the EU mean that the career is not as profitable as it good be. He argued that opportunities could be expanded post-Brexit. A sweet Cromer crab is a prized British delicacy, best eaten fresh from the coast of Norfolk where it is caught, and a firm fixture on high-end restaurant menus across the land.Fans of the crustacean will be worried to hear that the future of the local industry is under threat, according to local fishermen.They argue that young people don’t want the work involved in a life catching Cromer crabs, and that they don’t have the gumption to stick at it.Local crab fisherman John Lee, 55, of Cromer, Norfolk, said that experience is not passed down from one generation to the other, and we are at risk of losing the skill.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He is an eighth-generation crab businessman, and left school at 15 to learn the trade.An apprenticeship scheme was attempted in the past, he said, and “none of them stuck at it”. A prized Cromer crabCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire Freshly dressed crabs ready to eat from John Lee’s shop in CromerCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire Frank Yeung, who owns restaurants Mr Bao and Daddy Bao in London, said that he hopes the news of the declining industry will raise the profile of the crustaceans.He said: “We don’t currently have Cromer Crab on our menu but it would be a terrible shame if they were not available any more as they offer some of the sweetest meat, a real luxury from the sea. I’m hopeful that the news of this decline will mean a rise in demand for these delicious crabs, which would then attract more of the next generation to fish for them.”The crab fishing industry is working hard to attract young people, who can perceive it as a badly-paid, difficult and thankless career. “We’ve had youngsters, school leavers, try and do a bit, but if you want a lifestyle of going out with your mates and what not you’re probably coming in at half three in the morning rather than getting up at half three in the morning (to work) so it doesn’t really fit and bode well.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Hungry seagulls search for scraps while John Lee gets to workCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire Crab fisherman John Lee brings his boat ashore on the beach at Cromer in NorfolkCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire Chefs have spoken of their disappointment at the apparently dwindling industry – and said the delicacy is greatly in-demand for restaurants.Mike Reid, the Executive Chef at M Restaurants told The Telegraph: “Cromer Crab is one of the great british crabs. It’s a meaty crab, which is so tender and fragrant. It is such a shame that we are in danger of not keeping up the supply due to shortage of fisherman, we are already battling the elements as the extreme weather this year has already almost halved the supply. “The first time I tried it I was staying in the hotel The Hoste in Norfolk and it blew me away so much I’ve started using it in my restaurants where I can.”Mini Patel, Chef Patron at Blueprint Café, said: “I regard Cromer crabs as being some of the finest from our British coastline. They’re smaller but all the sweeter in flavour. It would be a real shame to not have these little beauties being delivered into the kitchens of some of the best restaurants in the country.”We need to support the crab industry in Norfolk so we can continue to eat this delicious crab for another century. I’m shocked to hear there are as few as 10 fishermen now landing crabs!” Mr Lee works 90 to 100 hours per week during the crab season and said there were almost 50 Cromer crab fishermen when he began and now there are no more than 10 of them fishing regularly.Among them is Matt Bywater, who at 36 years old is one of Cromer’s youngest crab fishermen.He worked in a series of different jobs, including as a health and safety manager in an office, before deciding aged 30 to follow in his father’s footsteps as a fisherman.He said he was “quite money-orientated”, adding: “The fishing industry, yes it’s hard work, but if you’re willing to work you can do as much as you like as such and earn as much as you like.”Asked why so few young people are entering the industry, he said: “There’s a bit of a stigma with the fishing industry, just the nature of the job really, and also the set-up costs.