Cornish Fishmongers to battle it out once again at Newlyn Fish Festival
Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:52

Following the success of last year's launch event, the organisers of the Cornish Fishmonger of the Year competition are thrilled to announce that this popular event will take place once again at the Newlyn Fish Festival, 27th August at Newlyn Harbour, kindly hosted and organised by Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd and supported by Seafish and Passionate about Fish.


Competitors in action during the 2011 competition

The event will bring together the best fish filleters and fishmongers from around the county to test their skills as they battle it out for the prestigious title of "2012 Cornish Fishmonger of the Year".

Preliminary heats will take place throughout the day on the festival's Demo Kitchen Stage located within the fish market; with the final scheduled for 3pm. Individuals will compete on behalf of their company or employer and will be required to demonstrate the many different techniques regularly employed by fishmongers to prepare seafood for the consumer.

The competition will be judged by expert Fishmongers; Duncan and Sue Lucas from Passionate about Fish, who will award points for technique, speed, yield, hygiene and presentation.

The winning individual and company will be awarded the coveted title and will take home the Cornish Fishmonger of the Year Trophy as well as £100 in prize money and a Zwilling J.A. Henckels Filleting Knife, kindly donated by Pots 'n' Pans, Barnstaple. The runner up will receive £50 prize money and a Zwilling J.A. Henckels Filleting Knife also.

Sarah Crosbie, the event's organiser commented, "Seafood Cornwall Training is very excited to be able to bring this competition back to the Newlyn Fish Festival. Last year's event was a real success and brought some of our most skilled employees from the Cornish Fish Industry out of the filleting room and into the spotlight. This year's event is set to be very competitive indeed".


Last year's winner Lee Trethewey representing Fish For Thought (L) and runner up Ian Pilkington (R) representing Matthew Stevens and Son, St Ives.

Click here to see more photos from last year's event

To enter:

Please contact Seafood Cornwall Training for an entry pack. Entries will be subject to a ballot in the event of oversubscription. Closing date for entries; 10th August 2012.

A £20 entry fee applies. All competitors will receive two complimentary tickets to the 2012 Newlyn Fish Festival.

Telephone: 01736 364324

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Do you want to become a fisherman?
Monday, 09 July 2012 11:21

Seafood Cornwall Training, Cornwall's only dedicated fish industry training school, is running the last of a series of three, fully funded, Seafish Accredited Three Week Introduction to Commercial Fishing Courses, on the 30th July in Newlyn. The three-week course will provide new entrants to the industry with essential basic skills, a comprehensive safety induction and all the mandatory certificates they will need to start work on a fishing vessel.

The course consists of two weeks shore-based training in essential skills such as net mending and gear construction, ropes, knots and splicing, watchkeeping, navigation and stability. The third and final week will consist of a week of mandatory safety courses, including Sea Survival and First Aid.

Seafood Cornwall Training has been able to access funding from Seafish and from the European Fisheries Fund via the Marine Management Organisation, meaning that this course will be offered free of charge to all candidates.

Candidates will receive a Seafish 3 Week Introduction to Fishing Certificate for New Entrants to the Commercial Fishing Industry, as well as STCW 95 qualifications in Personal Survival Techniques & Elementary First Aid, Seafish certificates in Health & Safety, Fire Fighting and Prevention at Sea, Basic Stability, Basic Engineering and a nationally recognised Food Hygiene qualification.

To be eligible to attend this fully funded course, candidates must be over 16 and must be able to attend the full three weeks of training, commencing 30th July and finishing 17th August 2012.

Fishing is not your normal 9-5 job, but it rewards those who are willing and able to work hard in a challenging environment.

Seafood Cornwall Training would like to hear from you asap if you would like to attend this free course, as there are a few "late notice" spaces available. Contact Sarah or Emma at Seafood Cornwall Training on 01736 364324 or visit


Image Caption:

A group of new entrant fishermen that successfully completed the Seafish Three Week Introduction to Fishing Course held last February with Seafood Cornwall Training.


Free Sea Safety Training for Cornwall's Young Fishermen
Friday, 06 July 2012 09:34

Following the success of last year's course, Seafood Cornwall Training is offering another group of young people the opportunity to attend a one day introductory course in Sea Safety. The course is aimed at 14 – 16 year olds, and will be held during the school holidays on August 21st at Carn Brea Leisure Centre and will be free to attend, thanks to the continued support of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation, the RNLI and Cornwall's largest fish processor, Falfish.

Last year, 25 young people from Cornwall's fishing community benefitted from the free training which was developed by Seafood Cornwall Training and delivered by Seafish and MCA Approved Instructors.













The next generation of Cornish Fishermen undertaking essential training in sea survival

Sarah Crosbie, Manager for Seafood Cornwall Training explained the need for this course, "Currently young people cannot be issued with safety training certificates required of all commercial fishermen, until their 16th birthday. Therefore, many young people will be out on the water at weekends and in the school holidays without any training in Sea Survival, First Aid or knowledge of how to act quickly and appropriately in an emergency situation.

Seafood Cornwall Training's Sea Safety Training days are aimed at those young people who spend time on small inshore fishing vessels in and around the Cornish coast. The course will introduce key elements of Fishermen's Health and Safety, First Aid and Sea Survival in a fun and practical way, ensuring the young fishers are better prepared to deal with any potential challenging situations at sea. We welcome enquiries from those already connected to the industry as well as from those considering a future at sea."

Speaking about last year's course Mark Greet from Falfish commented "It was great to see the safety training going on at Carn Brea Leisure Centre; everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the course, especially climbing in and out of the liferafts. Seafood Cornwall Training and their instructors are doing an excellent job providing vital training for under 16's, the future fishermen of Cornwall."

Paul Trebilcock, Chief Executive of the CFPO explained, "CFPO Ltd is very supportive of this initiative by Seafood Cornwall Training. We need young and enthusiastic individuals to join the industry. It is important that we encourage a culture of safety amongst fishermen from an early age, as well as motivating them to learn about the many and varied topics related to working at sea. Hopefully this experience will instil in them, an enthusiasm that they will carry with them in their future careers."

To find out more and book onto the course contact Sarah or Emma at Seafood Cornwall Training on 01736 364324.

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