Government Announces updated coastguard reforms and new consultation
Thursday, 14 July 2011 16:51
The updated modernisation proposals for the coastguard have been announced today by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond.

In a previous consultation the Government proposed establishing two Maritime Operations Centres (in the Southampton/Portsmouth area & Aberdeen) and five sub-centres, operating in daylight hours only, as well as retaining the 24 hour centre at Dover which oversees English Channel activity. The Department of Transport have stated that the consultation responses reflected a general acceptance that change and modernisation is necessary, they also expressed concerns over the potential loss of local knowledge and a perceived weakening of operational relationships.

The Government's updated proposals released today create a nationally networked system of Coastguard stations comprising:
• One Maritime Operations Centre in the Southampton/Portsmouth area with a back-up facility at the existing Dover site which will be retained as a 24 hour centre; and
• Eight sub-centres, all operated on a 24 hour basis, located at Falmouth, Milford Haven, Holyhead, Belfast, Stornoway, Shetland, Aberdeen and Humber. The Small station at London is also retained.

Under existing arrangements, neighbouring stations are ‘paired', allowing them to provide back-up to one another when needed. Today's announcement means that one station in each pair is retained.

Under today's proposals the Coastguard stations at Clyde, Forth, Portland, Liverpool, Yarmouth, Brixham, Thames and Swansea would close progressively over the period 2012 to 2014/2015. The station at Solent will be replaced by a new Maritime Operations Centre in the Portsmouth/Southampton area.

A consultation has opened for people to comment on those elements of today's announcement which differ from the original proposals. The new consultation documents can be downloaded at:

Consultation closing date: 6 October 2011

Primary School pupils from Launceston enthused by fact finding visit to Newlyn
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 14:28

Sixty-two pupils from St Catherine's Church of England Primary School, Launceston, visited Newlyn last week on a fact finding visit organised by Seafood Cornwall Training and sponsored by local fish processor Falfish. The visit was designed to complement classroom studies and bring pupils face to face with where the fish they eat, comes from. The children have been learning all about fishing and seafood as part of the ‘Fish for the Future' unit, developed by Sense of Place.


School children from St Catherine's Primary School with (back right to left) Sarah Crosbie (Seafood Cornwall Training); Mark Greet (Falfish); Andy Wheeler (Cornish Fish producers Organisation) and Patch Harvey (Penlee Lifeboat Coxswain).

The pupils, from school years 2 and 4 (aged from 6 to 9 years old), toured Newlyn fish market where they put their fish identification skills to the test, met fishermen and learnt about the different types of fishing boats in the harbour.  They climbed aboard the RNLI Penlee lifeboat for a lesson about safety at sea, before a visit to W Harvey and Sons shellfish tanks where they enjoyed looking at and touching all the different species of shellfish native to Cornwall.  Their Sea to Plate experience was finished off appropriately with a tasty and sustainable fish and chip lunch on Newlyn Green.

Inspired by the Sense of Place ‘Fish for the Future unit', the visit was a great success and enabled the children to experience firsthand, some of the lessons they'd learnt in the classroom.  It also helped bring to life how the fish they eat is caught, handled and sold.

Sarah Crosbie, Manager of Seafood Cornwall Training, who organised the visit explained, "Bringing children to Newlyn from Cornish schools means they can see, feel and breathe the fishing industry, a key part of Cornwall's heritage and economic future.  We adapt each visit to suit the children's needs and if past visits are anything to go by, it's something the children won't ever forget.   Thanks to the support received from Falfish we are able to offer four more school visits this term, free of charge and can assist with the associated costs."

Vanessa Currah, a Class 4 teacher at St Catherine's Church of England Primary school, Launceston added, "It was a fantastic morning, the children have been so enthusiastic about the visit. Thanks for a brilliant day, but it's the children themselves, who can tell you what they thought."

Merryn from year 4 commented, "The best thing about our trip was when I could hold the crabs and lobsters. It was really fun and interesting when my group could go on the lifeboat." While Joseph said, "The best thing about our trip to Newlyn was everything, especially when I had to be weighed on the fish market!"

Conner from year 2 commented, "My favourite part of the day was holding the Spider crab, it was very heavy!" while Lucy said, "My favourite part of the day was going in the lifeboat and looking at the engines."

Mark Greet, Falfish Managing Director, commented, "It's really great to see the children enjoy learning about the fishing industry and Newlyn harbour.  I am pleased to be able to support this project which encourages Cornwall's school children to come and see what really goes on in the county's fishing industry.  Who knows, some of them may be the fishermen, filleters or chefs of tomorrow."

Andy Wheeler from the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation Ltd (CFPO), showed the children around Newlyn and explained, "The CFPO is delighted to be able to support Seafood Cornwall Training in providing these school trips. Coming to Newlyn to learn about fish and fishing is a fun and exciting way for children to reinforce their learning in subject areas such as Maths, Science and Geography as well gaining a greater understanding of where the fish they eat comes from."

For further information about organising school visits to Newlyn, please contact Sarah Crosbie on 01736 364324 or visit

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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 09:24
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been awarded a share of a £4 million (approx.) pot of European funding for the sustainable development of fishing communities. The selected areas in the UK are; Cornwall and Scilly, North Devon, West Cumbria, East Riding of Yorkshire and North Norfolk. The project in Cornwall is being
delivered by Cornwall Development Company.

The next stage is to develop a strategy and identify themes fishing communities would like to see supported by the fund. To do this Cornwall Development Company have appointed Rose Regeneration, specialists in Rural and Community engagement, to work with local fisheries communities to help shape and develop the strategy.

How do I get involved?
There are two ways to become involved, come along to one of the four open meetings in Newlyn, St Marys, Mevagissey or Padstow, details below. Or if you are unable to attend and would like to have the consultation narrative and questions emailed or posted to you then email or phone.

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01209 616087

Dates of consultation
St Mary's Council Chamber 4th April 1100-1300
Newlyn Mission Canteen 4th April 1600-1800
Mevagissey Social Club 5th April 1600-1800
Padstow Town Council Chamber 6th April 1530-1730

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South West Handline Fishermen's Association

The administration of the South West Handline Fishermen’s Association is coordinated from our Newlyn office including memberships, tag orders and funding applications. Visit for more info.


Fishing For Litter South West
Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd. coordinates "Fishing For Litter South West", a three year project which aims to remove 200 tonnes of litter from the marine environment. For more information please visit


The Cornish Sardine Management Association is a group of Cornish fishermen and processors who came together in 2004 to agree common standards between themselves for catching, processing and marketing Cornish Sardines.

Duchy Fish Quota Co.

The Duchy Fish Quota Company was established in 2001 by members of the fishing industry who were extremely concerned at the trade in fish quota and the impact this is having on the Cornish fishing industry.