Live AIS VesselTracker

Track the Newlyn fishing fleet at sea.

powered by vesseltracker.com

Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Newlyn Archive goes over to "the other side" this coming Saturday.


The large portaled entrance suggests it was intended for easy access - until last year it was the Newlyn Post Office but before that it was built for the Admiralty as the Coastguard's boathouse in 1900...


today, the building is now home to the Newlyn Archive which was set up to collect, record and show off the history of the port. Last Saturday saw the opening of the old boathouse building after many months of restoration work and which will now provide a base and focal point for the group's activities...


the old Post Office counter was retained and has a number of recesses that contain various relics...









The next Open Day 'On the Other Side' is on Saturday April 1 2017 at Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn from 10.00-3.00. The topic 'On the Other Side' conjures a multitude of views of Old Newlyn.

Certainly, the marching policemen in the photo above, were on the other side when the fishermen of Newlyn, Mousehole, Porthleven and St Ives protested about East Coast men fishing on the Sabbath and flooding the Monday market with their fish. A heavy chain was fixed across Newlyn harbour entrance and the baulks were put down at Mousehole. At Newlyn, the men boarded the boats that had come in during the night and threw the fish overboard...



'We were pious and stern, as our forefathers were,
We honoured the Sabbath day,
But the Eastern men made harvest hen,
And landed the fish on our kay,
And what use to shut with a mackerel glut
When our boats put out to say?'

But 'The Other Side' conjures much more than the Newlyn Riots of 1896. In the exhibition, we have tried to find examples of 'the other side' from earliest times to more recent times. 


We deal with the Spanish Invasion, 1595; 

Mousehole people's rejection of Newlyn in the cholera epidemic of 1832; 
a Newlyn Sea Captain walking the plank in 1850; 
the Welcome Stranger, 1869; fishermen dabbling with contraband in 1883; 
the sad case of Rolf Jonssen during WW1; 
Penzance, on the other side of the Rugby field, 
1927; the Newlyn Clearances, 1937; 
Hulks, refugees and evacuees in WW2; 
the Torrey Canyon disaster, 1967; 
Haul for the Shore, 1980.

There will also be films to watch, files and folders to explore, experts to consult, and much else, so do join us.


Please make a donation to this project. Send your donation to Ron Hogg, Treasurer, Newlyn Archive, The Admiralty Boathouse, 23 The Strand, Newlyn TR18 5HL.


EXCLUSIVE 12 MILE ZONE - A view from the NFFO.


Each week, the NFFO shines a spotlight on a different aspect of its policy towards the UK’s departure from the EU and therefore from the Common Fisheries Policy. This week the focus is on an exclusive 12 mile limit.



An Exclusive 12 mile Zone
  • The area within the UK’s 12 mile limit should be an exclusive zone in which fishing and access rights should be limited to UK fishing vessels. This is justified in terms of:
  • The current absence of symmetry (the UK as very few vessels which fish within in the 12mile limit of another EU member state)
  • The increase in fishing capacity of the non-UK fleets claiming historic rights which were established on the basis of much smaller vessels with lower catching capacity
  • The provisions of UNCLOS which expressly allow for exclusive rights within the 12 mile zone
  • A better basis for future management of inshore fisheries
Notwithstanding the above, it will nevertheless be important to find a way to ensure that the mutual access of the Northern Irish and Republic of Ireland fleets to each other’s territorial waters should continue, on the basis of the neighbourhood agreement which predated the CFP.

More news from the NFFO.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Monday morning's Spanish flag of convenience stern trawler.


Monday morning sees four beam trawlers, one inshore trawler and a Spanish flag of convenience trawler...



with megs...



and monk from the Billy Rowney...



Dover sole...


a handful of JDs...

the odd bass...



a few reds...



another odd bass...



some monster turbot...



and plenty of big whitefish from the netters, like the Ocean pride and their pollack...



and hake...



big cod form the Gary M...



plenty of MSC hake form the Brit...



and for the first time ever, hake from the hake trawling specialists the Sanamedio...



a few pollack...



all of which went down well with the buyers...



including these whole monk...



gutted the Spanish way with their livers left in...



looks like the James RH is all but ready to sail...



a big apology to Sam for missing her out on International Women's Day #IWD2017...



taking a short break to enjoy another fabulous morning in Newlyn...



inshore trawlers...



offshore netter...



and the Spanish deep-water trawler...



with enough spare net...



and trawls aboard to keep her at sea for weeks...



along with a gear-handling crane amidships...



one in, one out...



as the Nazarene heads out for a day on the pots...



a better idea of how big the Spaniard is...



no sign of the Ajax's shaft yet...



bow on to the Spaniard...



full on A&P workforce



early season yacht sets sail...



as the fleet bask in the morning sun...



it's fuel time for big Don...



the stern ramp and trawl doors of the Sanamedio...



she was built to fish in deep water for hake and monk on banks like the Porcupine...




which is likely where she steamed form before arriving in Newlyn...



the AA heads up the fleet in berth...



over 25m vessels have a duplicate set of all important navigation lights fitted...



plenty of heavy scaffolding on the Trevessa IV...



 in order to re-build her forward gantry.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

New Newlyn crabber Harriet Eve launch party


Watch & listen to the blessing and naming ceremony for the Harriet Eve


Proving that despite ever increasing and seemingly obstructive red-tape and officialdom the Rowse crab fishing family continues to demonstrate its faith in the future with yet another new build, the Harriet Eve. The boat is named after the youngest in the family who turned seven the day before - what a birthday present! - although one of her friends who came to the launch 'party' was gutted to find there were no cakes!

The boat represents a truly Cornish effort - with a myriad of local companies being brought together to create what is a shining example and triumph of technology over fishing boat design and build. Mark and Emma Rowse have personally overseen the fitting out of the boat - in less than 5 months - and with all the experience of years in the game and having fitted out an identical boat a few years ago (Emma Louise) the latest addition to the fleet oozes functionality, ease of fishing operation and vessel maintenance for skipper-to-be Richard Carrol and his crew.

Some years ago, the family firm decided that processing their own catch was a way of better profiting from the efforts of their skippers and crews working their growing fleet. They invested in a factory and the Real Cornish Crab Company was born and began to develop sales of crab in a burgeoning home market .

When Mark began fishing with his father Mike who skippered the port's biggest cabber, the Julian Paul almost 100% of the shellfish they landed was sold abroad - mostly to France. Today, around 15% of the Real Cornish Crab Company's fish follows suit, some 50% is now processed and consumed while an amazing 25% is flown, live, via Heathrow to China - from pot to plate in under 48 hours! 

The company can thank its success not to any external agency but to their personal dedication in ensuring that the boats not only fish sustainably (they fish for whelks too) but that every element of the operation is meticulously recorded - via the website they can tell a buyer exactly who, when and where there catch was caught and who and when it was processed.  

This is the first time a family firm in Newlyn has launched more than one new build of significant size in more generations than anyone can remember - real testimony to the combined efforts of all those who work for and with them.

Good fishing to skipper Richard Carrol and crew that sail the Harriet Eve!



Friday, 24 March 2017

The last #FishyFriday in March.


Two beam trawlers, two inshore trawlers and three netters for this morning's #FishyFriday market...


on Newlyn Harbour...


so there are plenty of quality flats like brill...


and plenty of Dover sole from the twin-rigger Elisabeth Veronique...


and plaice...


and, as ever, a handful of big cod...


straight from the boat early this morning, the biggest shot of John Dory was from the Spirited Lady making a late landing...


while the buyers were busy bidding...


the other end of the market was wall-to-wall with big white fish...


mainly the finest MSC Certified Cornish hake...


and a few of these guys...


there's always a handful of these guys with the bigger boats...


while Roger makes sure the Spirited Lady's  fish are sorted in time for the last sale of the morning...


popular pollack...


and lovely ling...


out in the harbour there's a couple of visitor


another regular visitor...


looks like it is refit time for the Cornishman


hardly a cat with sleek feline lines...


with the Scillonian III back in action there are dozens of gigs being shipped from Penzance dock across to the islands for the Scillys' World Gig Racing Championships.