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Friday, 26 August 2016

Calling all fishermen of Newlyn - get your Fish Festival passes now!



Don't forget guys - if you land your fish in Newlyn you get two free admission passes - see/email Andy Wheeler at the CFPO office.

Couldn't have picked a better #FishyFriday morning to show a portrait artist round the market!


Scallops beware...


late landing for the Cornish sardine boats...


as the first of the mackerel boats heads in...


for #FishyFriday's mega busy market...


which was perfect given that portrait painter, Henrietta Graham, Newlyn's latest artist to take up a studio residence in the harbour had surfaced for 6am to check out the opportunities for suitable subjects...



and promptly met one of Newlyn's living legends, Barry Ede, now known by many more as it was he who is the face of, Salt of the Earth, the book that has raised over £30,000 for the Fishermen's Mission in Cornwall...



also looking good were the fish, like these line caught bass...


eyed up by a resident gull...


there were plenty of sardines being landed in a superbly warm dawn of a morning...


9 kilo hake...


whiter than white whiting...


more than enough to keep the buyers busy...


as the sardines were stacked higher and longer...


looking very dapper this morning was young Roger atop his trusty forklift...


looks like breakfast has just been spotted...




as Barry makes his way back to a berth...


another mackerel boat arrives...


the catch caught on camera for future reference...


name that man...


Barry was back on the market to sort his fish...


an in amongst was this slightly different mackerel?


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Busy day in Newlyn


Good to see the next generation coming through - cutting your teeth on landing a few pollack...


Barry lending his support to getting...


the Cornish Lassi back in the water...


after her refit...


ice aboard...


skipper Tristan on the netter Silver Dawn can let go the ends and head for sea...


allowing the Twilight III to come and pick up her ice...


good to see fisherman Chris wearing his PFD (personal floatation device)...


a few days before the Red Arrows are due to fly over Newlyn the harbour gets the Eden treatment...


young Phil gets set to bring the Innisfallen alongside the fish market.

Fish Films in the Fridge and Gunn-Ho - the story of Ben Gunn, fisherman & artist at Newlyn Filmhouse

Newlyn Filmhouse has once again sponsored the 'Fish Films in the Fridge' at this year's festival.  It would be easy to put on a show running for 24 hours with all the films we have collected - instead, a rolling show of the best bits from each film have been selected and will play in a continuous loop - some excerpts will be longer than others as they have never been seen in public before!

In particular, look out for crabbing on the Amadeus in Storm Force 10,  tuna fishing on the Wendy Pulfrey, sardine fishing in Mount's Bay, Line and Pole fishing for tuna in 1965,  Crawfish netting off the Scillys in 1975 and a real bit of history - Longlining on the Scarlet Thread in 1978. A big thanks to fishermen like Robert George and Mike Williams for their contributions!






Running during the Fish Festival, a special showing of Ben Gunn's biopic, Gunn-Ho.

Former fisherman, Ben Gunn, is a well known and much loved artist from Newlyn, Cornwall. Having spent his life at sea, his favourite subject to paint is the ocean, with Ben capturing its ever changing beauty on canvas over many years.
Gunn-Ho is the name of Ben's studio and his story, told by Wander.

Showing times for Gunn-Ho:

  • Saturday noon and 3pm 
  • Sunday 3.15pm 
  • Fil Festival Bank Holiday Monday noon and 3pm

Monday, 22 August 2016

Annual Scottish Fishing Conference 2016 - Day 2

Day 2 Streaming LIVE.


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Annual  Scottish Fishing Conference 2016.

It’s a packed and diverse programme that’s sure to have something for everyone at the upcoming Annual Scottish Fishing Conference 2016.

The conference is due to kick off at noon on Monday 22nd August with an update on the outcomes of the current clutch of Fisheries Innovation Scotland’s (FIS) research projects. These range from ‘Fisheries knowledge’ to ‘Seabed impacts’ and ‘Ecosystems and trawling’ - what do we know about Scottish fisheries, how do we manage them sustainably and what are the impacts on the ecosystems that support them?  Post discard survivability is another research theme that should be special interest as is ‘Relative Stability Quota Shares and Implications for the Landings Obligation’.

More in-depth discussions will take place in FIS project workshops on day two. Learning from others is a key plank of FIS activities and Michael Forbes and Simon Harvey will be reporting on ‘Fishing in British Columbia’ after staying and working with fellow fishermen on the other side of the Atlantic. The FIS projects are all designed to innovate and gain knowledge to support Scottish Fishing and will continue with a short presentation of the latest tranche of projects.

The Conference Dinner speaker this year is Professor Ian Boyd, Defra Chief Scientist and well known to many in Scotland as the former Director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit, whose talk ‘From Science to Policy in a post-EU era’ sets the scene for the second day of the conference – ‘Thriving in Shared Seas and prospects for Scottish Fishing and Scottish Seafood outside the European Union’. Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, will introduce ‘Scotland’s vision for a thriving and productive marine environment’, and special guest speaker, Prof. Ray Hilborn from the University of Washington, will be discussing ‘Fisheries management and environmental benefits’.

Delegates will get the opportunity to take them to task in a panel discussion. John Goodlad, Chair of FIS board of Trustees, will be steering delegates through what should be a lively discussion on ‘Fisheries in Scotland, post-Brexit’: “This will be the first opportunity for a public debate on what the future of the Scottish fishing industry might be like post Brexit.

From the interest expressed so far I am confident that this will be an interesting and informative session”, he said. To allow for as many points of view, questions and answers to be included the discussion will follow a ‘Question Time’ format. Topics raised at the discussion will form the subjects for a series of workshops where they can be followed in more detail. The final afternoon session looks at some case studies of ‘Shared Seas’ including mediating between different sectors of the industry such as the South Devon potting agreement and the Anglo-French Scallop Accord; and the relationship between fishing and offshore wind farms.

FIS Executive Director, Richard Slaski, who has been behind bringing the conference together is delighted with the range of speakers and topics: “Yet again we have managed to draw on expertise within Scotland and peppered it with speakers from outside of the country to produce a very varied but totally relevant conference programme. We know the future of Scottish fishing will see opportunities and challenges and the debate will be vigorous and that is key to getting the best for the Scottish Fishing Industry. The uniqueness of FIS is the breadth of knowledge and experience of its members who by working together can appreciate ‘the other point of view’ and reach pragmatic and workable solutions based on sound science and good judgement.

This conference is the perfect vehicle for listening, sharing and understanding. To ensure as many working fishermen as possible can participate we will be live streaming the event and encouraging those that cannot join us in St Andrews to take part watching the discussion and by sending in comments and questions.”

Annual Scottish Fishing Conference can be found on the FIS website: http://www.fiscot.org/events/annual-scottish-fishing- conference-2016/

‘Mindfully Wired Communications’ will be live streaming all presentations throughout the conference via: https://bambuser.com/channel/MindfullyWiredComms

Follow the conference and receive updates on Twitter: @fiscotorg

For further information contact: Richard Slaski execdir@fiscot.org or Sandra Gray s.gray@fiscot.org Kelvin Boot kelvinboot@yahoo.co.uk mob: 07792 385158 08/08/2016

Monday Monday


Just the three beam trawlers this morning...



all done and dusted by 7.30am...


plenty of monk tails were up for auction..


with mackerel supplies being plentiful at the moment despite the weather...


one of the boats that landed this morning...



Grayhound, making her way slowly across the Bay to Penzance dock after weighing anchor in Gwavas lake...


as the James RH Stevenson makes her way in with her starboard side gear being lowered...


before she enters the gaps...


followed by one of the fleets smaller boats...


the sea cadets can now get to sea after the stormy weekend...


back in Penzance dock, the truly gorgeous Grayhound...


modelled on a 17th Century Cornish privateer built in 2011...


by Marcus and Freya - here keeping things shipshape and Bristol fashion...


at the sharp end...


she plies her trade in the most environmentally way possible carrying Black Mountain whisky and takes paying passengers on every adventurous trip - see more at Grayhound Lugger Sailing website...


protected by some suitable on-board deterrents!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Dangerous weather, dangerous sea.


Heavy skies over Newlyn, like most of the country...



and big tides too...


mean the harbour is full of boats...


taking shelter from an unseasonable gale...


a deserted quay...


anyone with any sense would stay well clear of the water's edge - on a weekend that saw six people lose their lives in separate incidents - and the media still use terms like freak waves as if to lessen the blame on those who seem unaware of the dangers of the sea - hard to believe in this day and age.