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Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Monday morning and Newlyn wakes to see most a the fleet at sea, inshore fish on the market, and a visit from an old friend.


Early morning flypast...


over the still waters of the Bay...


while surprise number two was the fact that the keel was still firmly sat on the bottom at high water......



on the market this morning most of the fish was from the inshore trawler fleet apart for the big beam trawler Billy Rowney with a good shot of ray...


and the netter Britannia V and her haul of monk, turbot and ray...


and a a few boxes of hake to boost thew boy's earnings...


no doubt with only a handful of quality bass on the market from Cap'n Cod they will make top dollar this morning...


the beam trawlers always pick up a few bags of scallops in their travels...


unusually, the inshore trawlers seem to be catching more Cornish megrim soles these days, though this may be due to the fine weather allowing them to work that much further off in better trawling grounds...


all set for the scales, one more turbot...


gets logged in the book from the Myghal...



with five dredges a side......


the Neptune is more typical dredgers found working in the south west...


than the UK's largest scallop trawler which landed at four am this morning with a surprise on board...


young Will Gillespie (ex-Filadelfia) has the honour of skippering this giant of the scallop world...


as he surveys his domain from the huge wheelhouse...


the boat sports two sets of conveyors - which take the scallops and fish below decks to be picked out, sorted and stored in the fishroom - which also has a freezing capability - within minutes of the gear being hauled...


the gear needs constant attention...


from the crew in order to maximise catch rates...


as the boat moves around the coast of the UK in search of the right kind of grounds for scalloping...


greasing the running gear is hugely important as the boat hauls around 25-27 times a day, towing at the most for one hour at a time...


with a side of gear weighing every shackle, splice and link are checked on a regular basis...


film work continues for the ITV series currently being shot in Newlyn with some of the first summer mackerel being caught on camera by none other than Barry who featured on the cover of Salt of the Earth...



which captured in glorious black and white photographs the fishing community who make their living going out Through the Gaps every day...


Barry gets a chance to see himself in action as the mackerel came in over the rail...


and being a fisherman means he is always  keen to spot a better way if doing things...


then it's time to lend a hand getting the film gear ashore...


before he gives up objecting to being manhandled and allows himself to be mic'd up...


ready for the cameras to roll...


and the next piece of, 'a day in the life of Barry Ede' is captured on film...


while his fellow handliners wash down their boats and head back to sea.