Objective One Fisheries investment in Newquay
Since the Objective One Fisheries Programme commenced in
2001 there have been a number of investments made in Newquay.
These have fallen across the fishing industry from the moment
the fish are caught on the vessels and landed at the harbour
to being sold by fish processing businesses. In total there
have been 24 projects in Newquay with a combined investment
of nearly £700,000 of which EU Objective One and national
Marine and Fisheries Agency investment contribution was just
Newquay town was built up around its fishing community, and
although Newquay is now better known for its tourism, it has
a small but strong fishing economy and community. Newquay
Harbour is home to 20 registered fishing vessels employing
65 fishermen. The fishing vessels are skippered by crews ranging
in age from 16 to 63, who use pots for shellfish such as brown
crab, spider crab and lobster, and also fish by handlines
and nets for species such as bass and mackerel. To date, 10
Newquay fishermen have taken advantage of Objective One Fisheries
support to invest in their vessels and future sustainability.
Investment has been used to assist fishermen to maximise fish
quality, improve crew comfort and working conditions as well
as the safety of the fishermen on board the vessels.
Ron and Gary Eglington (Shannon), David Snell (Eclipse),
Dave Trebilcock (Che Sara Sara) and Chris Glaves (Helen Jane),
have all received investment to upgrade their vessels. The
investment has enabled the fishermen to improve crew comfort
and working conditions aboard their vessels; Mr Glaves also
invested in a new fishroom to maintain the quality of his
catch and therefore improve its price at market.
The harbour itself has also received Objective One investment.
In 2002 and 2006 investment from Objective One was used by
Restormel Borough Council for the upgrade to Newquay harbour
fishing facilities, including: new chilled stores for storing
bait and fish; two ice machines to produce flake ice so that
fish catches are iced properly for maximum quality; scales
for weighing the catch; manual and electrical davits to ensure
the catch is landed quickly and safely; improved lighting
on the south quay to improve safety and security and new ladders
around the harbour walls to ensure that there is always space
for the fishermen to land their catches. Captain Derek Aunger,
Newquay Harbour Master, commented: "The work carried
out in the harbour has made a vast improvement to the safety,
security and working conditions, with the additional ladders
and davits allowing fish to be landed along both quays. The
installation of the ice machines has meant that we can now
offer a continual supply of quality flake ice to local or
visiting fishermen. The addition of the new lighting has improved
both the security and appearance of the area."
Investment in Newquay's fish industry extends beyond
the harbour. Recent investment has helped a local shellfish
processing business relocate to a new, bigger unit at Indian
Queens to cope with the increasing demand for the company's
products. Perran Seafoods, first established in 1981, purchases
fresh Cornish crab and lobster direct from fishermen at ports
around Cornwall, including Newquay. The company then cooks
the crab and the meat is sold as either picked or dressed.
The company received investment to kit out the new unit with
hygienic cladding, a cold store, stainless steel tables, crab
boiling pots, a fridge and a freezer. Expanding the business
has allowed the company to take on a new member of staff.
In 2006 the company received further investment for another
freezer to cope with the increased volumes of crab that it
is now processing. Susan Tamblyn of Perran Seafoods commented:
"The chill room and walk-in freezer we now have
ensure our hand picked Cornish crabmeat reaches our customers
at its highest possible standard. Our dressed crabs are now
so popular with our customers that we may increase our workforce
in the coming season."
Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager,
commented: "Investment in maintenance of fish quality
and the chill chain from the moment of capture to reaching
the plate is a strategic priority of the Cornwall and Isles
of Scilly Fish Industry Task Force. The coordinated investment
across the whole fish industry at Newquay shows how to achieve
this objective and how this creates more value from fish to
the local economy."
For further information contact Clare Leverton, Objective
One Fisheries Programme Manager, on 01872 270333 or email
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the fishing industry at Newquay
through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund
Restormel Borough Council own and manage Newquay Harbour.
For more information please call the Harbour Master Derek
Aunger on 01637 872809 or speak to Restormel Borough Council
press office on 01726 223521.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fish Industry Task Force
consists of fishermen's representatives, fish merchants
and processors, agents, port managers and fisheries regulators.
It provided a strategic framework and action plan to guide
the investment of the Objective One Fisheries Programme to
develop Cornwall's fishing industry from 2000-2010.
The Task Force guided investment priorities by commissioning
research and projects to ensure that the strategy was achieved.
The 2000-2010 strategy document can be found at www.swpesca.co.uk/fisheriestaskforce.htm.
The Objective One Fisheries Programme is managed and partly
funded by the Marine and Fisheries Agency, a national agency
of Defra (Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs).
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