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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fishing news as reported by the Cornishman nealry 50 years ago

The following photos are all taken from copies of the local weekly newspaper, The Cornishman which is published every Thursday in West Penwith. 




The papers, from the late 1970s, were just a random selection from a charity shop in Penzance - what is interesting is that  the front page of nearly every edition carries a story about the fishing industry...



from when there were plans to create a fishmeal processing plant down Newlyn Coombe at Stable Hobba to take advantage of the huge quantities of mackerel that were being transported away out of the county for processing elsewhere - though in those days when there was a real glut of poor quality fish farmers were able to use raw fish on their fields as fertiliser...



the plant application was eventually turned down...



the story here was the introduction of the 6 mile limit - this is in the very early days of what was then the Common Market and local boats were concerned that the growing fleets of French, Belgian and Dutch boats were going to be allowed to fish up to the shores!...



inevitable there were accidents and groundings just as this year...






and guess what, it appears that the dumping of fish is nothing new!...



after the Fisheries Minister George Eustace oped this year's Fish festival with encouraging words about the future of fishing the boats will be expecting him to attract similar headlines just as was reported back then...




when the then labour Government and Foreign Secretary Anthony Crossland were pushing for a 200 mile limit on entry to the EEC...




on those days there were huge shoals of mackerel in the winter months and the entire Scottish and East Coast pelagic fleet would descend on the Western Approaches to fish - much to the horror of the local mackerel handliners - who collectively and numbering hundreds could not catch in a week between them what one of these visiting ships was capable of catching in a single shot!...


and just to top it all, Newlyn was England's top port with a turnover of just over £1 million!...




on a calmer note, here two boys paddle past an anchored Breton crabber off Sennen beach in the height of the summer...the crabbers were familiar sight in those days