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Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Stunning Newlyn #FishyFriday morning.


Yet another stunning morning...




greets the lucky inhabitants of the UK's south western most fishing port on the edge of the North-East Atlantic ocean...


where the widest range of fish and shellfish are landed on a daily basis, from inky-black cuttlefish...




to members of the shark family like these blonde ray...




to the chunky turbot, the biggest flatfish in the deep waters off Lands End...




to pout or 'bothicks' as they are known locally, smallest of the round white fish...




or one of every restaurant's favourite and that most Mediterranean of fish,  red mullet...




and the ling, once caught in huge numbers when Newlyn supported a fleet of longliners that relied heavily on fresh or frozen mackerel to bait the 1000s of hooks they deployed...




ink from tubs of cuttlefish put the new market floor supplied by RPM during Project Link's fish market refurbishment to a severe test on an almost daily basis as the local beam trawl fleet land tons of 'black gold'...




in amongst the cuttles are a smattering of small octopuses...




grade 1 plaice...




and lemon soles complete the landings picture this morning...




as the last of the boxes are sold...




stacked on pallets...




or dragged away by the market porters...


as the year heads towards the first day of Spring on March the 20th mornings are now showing first signs of light just before 7am...




which should save the harbour some money not having to keep the quayside and pier lights on for so long...




night or day matters not a jot to fishermen, their working days are measured more by the height of the tide and the weather conditions...




scallops all set for the waiting...






heavy goods fleet that serve the industry so efficiently...



looks like someone has been busy with the paintbrush...




Sapphire II, ready to come down off the slip at the next high water...




Rowse's latest additions to their inshore crabbing fleet continues to undergo metalwork...




en-passant, Ellen Larsens, Barmouth's brand new Shannon class lifeboat has spent the night in Newlyn as part of her delivery voyage to her new station off the Welsh coast...




the rest of the netter fleet are due to sail today.




The harbour has provided shelter and food for a small number of Turnstones that make their long flight from the far north of Canada and Greenland every year, they provide an entertaining sight for any observant visitor who might catch a glimpse of them as they scuttle around the harbour quayside buildings - later PJ and crew set sail for another day aboard the Silvery Sea.