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Track the Newlyn fishing fleet at sea.

Gry Maritha
Gry Maritha
Cargo Ship
Moored: 29.09.20
James R H Pz78
James R H Pz78
Fishing Boat
Moored: 28.09.20
Fv Resurgam Pz 1001
Fv Resurgam Pz 1001
Fishing Boat
Moored: 12.09.20
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Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Where can I buy fresh fish? - here's where!

Here are the best places to source your fish online, some locally, some nationally - there's sure to be a supply of fresh UK fish being sold somewhere near you!
Fresh fish sales across the UK from Fish on Friday
Fresh fish either delivered or available in your area - mainly the South west from Plymouth initiative, Call4Fish.
Fresh fish from all over Cornwall - from the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide - many fish supplied direct from the fishermen!
If you need to know more any of these organisations are only to willing to help - if you want to be included or just want to know where to buy fresh fish near you!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Mud and the banks - where's there's muck there's brass!

Below is an extract from the Norie Bristol Channel Pilotage book published in 1839 - which of course does not mean the data contained therein will be anything like as up-to-date as the publication date!

The trepidation with which sailing vessels must have approached the western land mass of the UK must have been extreme in anything but fine weather given the huge leeways involved in some of the navigation tips provided!

This selection of pilotage covers an area west side of Scilly...

and makes great mention of the muddy bottom in the area - that information being hugely important to sailing ships who used a lead weight filled with tallow to help determine the nature of the bottom they were sailing over...

on the end of a line marked to indicate the depth...

today's technology allows for a level of information and accuracy that those sailors in their heavy sweaters and leather boots would be amazed...

and all displayed for the benefit of the skipper of a modern trawler in a range of wheelhouse displays...

and a muddy bottom of course means one thing only to fishermen - prawns! - and so it is we find the half dozen Scottish prawn boats currently working out of Newlyn fishing along the Jones Bank west side of Scilly - the AIS plots are based on the frequency of AIS tracks over time which now clearly show the Jones, North West and Labadie banks traditionally fished by prawn boats mainly from Brittany but increasingly by Irish vessels.