Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Monday, 22 November 2021

Moody Monday morning start to the week in Newlyn.

 

The light changes dramatically...



within minutes as the sun comes up...

in this morning's market there are some boxes of top quality fish to tempt the buyers, like these superb bream from the trawls of the Spirited Lady III...


line caught bass...


and more from the Huers...


red mullet seem to be everywhere at the moment, these beauties came form the Irish boat Unity back landing in Newlyn after a short break fishing closer to home south of Dunmore...


while the beam trawler Twilight III also picked up some and landed them in excellent condition...



nothing quite beats the look of red mullet landed by an inshore boat though as these crackers testify...

monk in quantity at this time of year are the domain f the beam trawl fleet...


while fine weather meant that most of the inshore trawlers are making the most of this extended run of fine weather and returning with top quality fish like this big turbot...


though two boxes of bass is exceptional at any time of the year, could be down to the more finessed touch of a new female crew aboard Richard's Still Waters...


and yet more bream from the Millennia...


there was hake a-plenty from the Silver Dawn, the last netter to land at the end of this neap tide...


and a few boxes of big ling, once the mainstay of the long-lining fleet that made up the bulk of the port's larger vessels during the 60s and 70s until more efficient and effective gill-netting took over...


a dozen boxes of cuttles, a far cry from previous years when cuttlefish landings could be measured in tons...



the boys on the big Irish boat Unity keep their twin trawls in tip-top condition, the nets are run off down the quay for repairs between trips...

in years to come it is likely that there will be a number of wind farms around these shores and boats like this will be based here permanently - in which case the plans to double the size of the port by developing Sandy Cove to accommodate shore services and the possibility of extra freight traffic will be justified as the way to further expand, just like Newlyn's forebears did over 100 years ago...

work continues aboard the Voyager fitting out her net pounds and shelter...


a brace of crabbers...


get the once over from the harbour's resident seal standing to underwater attention...

before spending a few minutes resting on the bottom...


 and before surfacing again showing off a fine set of bristles.