Cornish Fishmonger of the Year 2011 - Newlyn Fish Festival - 29th August
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:17

Seafood Cornwall Training will host the first ever "Cornish Fishmonger of the Year Competition" at this year's Newlyn Fish Festival, taking place on the 29th August at Newlyn Harbour.

The competition aims to highlight the expertise of Cornish fish filleters and fishmongers from across the county, at the same time as promoting Cornish Fish and the profession to a wider audience.

Commencing at 3.30pm, individuals will compete on behalf of their company / employer for the coveted title. The competition will be judged by a panel of experts, including 5 x National Fishmonger of the Year, Duncan Lucas.

Competitors will be required to demonstrate a range of techniques and will be judged on their technique, speed and presentation. Full competition guidelines are available via the link below.

To enter:
Download the competition poster here
Download the  competition entry form and guidelines here

Closing date for all entries: 22nd August 2011


· Individual and company will be awarded with the title "Cornish Fishmonger of the Year 2011"
· £100 cash
· A Zwilling J.A. Henckels Filleting Knife kindly donated by "Pots n Pans" of Barnstaple

Runner up
· Dinner for two at the Navy Inn, Penzance, kindly donated by Chef Keir Miekle
· A Zwilling J.A. Henckels Filleting Knife, kindly donated by "Pots n Pans" of Barnstaple

For more information:
Telephone: 01736 364324
Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Entry to the Fish Festival and the competition will be free of charge for all competitors.

Sea Safety Training For Under 16's - A Great Success
Sunday, 07 August 2011 20:01
Twenty five young people from Cornwall's fishing community have been equipped with essential lifesaving skills following the success of a new, one day ‘sea safety' course developed and delivered by Seafood Cornwall Training, Cornwall's dedicated Fish Industry Training School based in Newlyn.

The training took place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Redruth on the 2nd & 3rd August, attended by participants from across Cornwall; from Penzance, the Lizard to St Austell.  The training was provided free of charge, thanks to the support of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) and Falfish, Cornwall's largest fish processor.

Aimed at young people currently involved in, or considering a future in the fish industry, the course included key elements of fishermen's training in Safety Awareness; Fire Fighting and Prevention; First Aid; and Sea Survival.


L-R; Sarah Crosbie (training manager) , Wayne Davey (instructor), Mike Collier (instructor), Mark Greet (Falfish), Paul Trebilcock (CFPO) with candidates from the 3rd August Training Course.

Sarah Crosbie, Manager of Seafood Cornwall Training explained why the course had been developed, "Many young people from Cornish fishing and coastal communities spend time at sea without any safety training or knowledge of how to act in an emergency situation. Whilst it is a requirement for all fishermen to complete mandatory safety training, under 16's cannot be issued with certificates. Our one day, introductory level course will equip young fishermen with essential skills as well as serving as an informative taster day for those wishing to find out more about a future in the fishing industry."

Sam Lambourn, Chairman of the CFPO and Newlyn fisherman, who instigated the course, commented, "My son Tom is fishing from a 16ft punt out of Newlyn most days, especially over the holidays.  He's fishing pots and handlining for mackerel.  I supported the course as there seemed to be an urgent need for Tom, and other youngsters like him, to have a basic idea about first aid, sea survival and basic fire fighting.  This not only helps teenagers, both girls and boys, based around Cornish ports that are very keen and out on boats, but also those young lads who are interested in a career in fishing.  It's great that Seafood Cornwall Training have put this course together, following its success they will hopefully run some more and it could go on from there.  We won't ever stop these youngsters getting onto boats, so the best we can do is make sure they are well equipped to survive if something goes wrong.  Fishing is a good career with good prospects, if this has the double benefit of helping youngsters access the industry, all well and good."

The new course has been highly praised by participants and parents alike.

Mrs Kate Phillips, the wife of Cadgwith fishermen Danny Phillips enrolled her two sons Tommy (aged 15) and Jamma (aged 12) on the course, "This course was an answer to my prayers.  The two boys spend all summer fishing in a small boat off Cadgwith and I was absolutely delighted when I heard that this training was being offered, as were many of my friends in Cadgwith with children doing the same.  Now I won't be as worried while they are at sea, as at least I'll know they are aware of how to get out of a dangerous situation or undertake basic first aid.  Also, the boys obviously had a great time and have learned a lot which is great."


Candidates practised giving first aid as part of their training.

Tom Adams, from White Gold Cornwall Care in the Community signed up Josh (aged 16) from Camborne, "It's been an excellent day; Josh has learnt lots of valuable information.  Josh wants to go into deep sea fishing, so for him it's been a great first step and appears to have raised his self esteem no end.  Off the back of this initial taster day, he could have a career as a fisherman."

The students were just as enthusiastic.

Tom Lambourn (aged 15), Sam Lambourn's son, explained, "I now have a much better understanding of how to prevent and cope with emergencies at sea.  The liferaft session in the swimming pool was a lot of fun."



Neeve Raymond (aged 13), one of only two girls on the course and daughter of David Raymond, a fisherman and volunteer crewman on the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat, added, "This course is really useful to have, I go out on boats all the time so I will definitely be more aware and able to deal with difficult situations."

Ben Rowse (aged 15), son of Newlyn fisherman Mark Rowse, explained, "I wanted to go on this course as I cannot go on the fishermen's courses until next year when I am 16.  I want to go into fishing and out on boats.  I really enjoyed the practical parts of the course, as I've seen liferafts on boats but didn't know how you would use one.  It was a really enjoyable day, not just in the classroom but in the water as well."









Young Fisherman Ben Rowse with Trainer Paul Postill

The three course tutors, who have extensive experience training adults also really enjoyed the two days training.

Mike Collier MBE, led the Safety Awareness session and commented, "It was great to watch the light bulbs come on as I was explaining how easily accidents can happen at sea and more importantly how they can be prevented. I could tell they knew what I was talking about and would be putting into practice what they learnt.  Awareness is everything when you are at sea and only have what you know to help you, training like this is priceless."

Wayne Davey; paramedic, fisherman and RNLI Penlee Lifeboat crewman delivered the First Aid and Sea Survival aspects of the course, said, "They were a great bunch of teenagers, I am confident that they have learnt some valuable skills today and will know how to react when faced with any potential challenges at sea."

Paul Postill, from Ocean Engineering (Fire) Ltd, who delivered the fire fighting part of the course, added, "Most of the youngsters hadn't held a fire extinguisher before, so it was really good to show them how to use one and demonstrate how easily fires can start and how to deal with them.  It was a good educational tool for everyone on the course."


Paul Trebilcock, Chief Executive of the CFPO, one of course sponsors explained, "I saw the tail end of the second day and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves while learning some valuable lessons.  We hope that some of the participants will be the next generation of fishermen supporting the future of Cornwall's fishing industry."

Mark Greet from Falfish, who also sponsored the course, added, "It was great to see the safety training going on at Carn Brea 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."

The liferafts used were donated by Viking, a market leader in maritime safety, providing and servicing essential safety equipment. All candidates received a certificate of attendance from Seafood Cornwall Training upon completion of the day.

To find out more, please contact Sarah or Emma at Seafood Cornwall Training on 01736 364324 or visit

-Ends -

Note to editors

Photos:  Below are dropbox links to high resolution photographs from the training course. 
Please do not hesitate to contact Sarah at Seafood Cornwall Training on 01736 364324 if you have any problems downloading these photos. If you would like to view/use more photos from the event, please visit the Seafood Cornwall Training Facebook page and request images via the office number above.

Group photo - 3rd August

Image: Ben Rowse with Fire Instructor Paul Postill

Image: Group receiving expert tuition from Paul Postill, Ocean Engineering (Fire) Ltd

Image: Tom Lambourn during the practical first aid session

Image: Sea Survival Session led by Instructor Wayne davey

Image: Potential new entrant fisherman, Josh Trescowthick receiving his certificate of completion

For further information contact:

Alison Elvey de Rios: 07929420066 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sarah Crosbie: 01736 364324 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FREE Sea Safety Training For Young People
Thursday, 14 July 2011 16:55
Two Sea Safety Training days developed by Seafood Cornwall Training are being provided free of charge thanks to the support of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation and Falfish. These one day courses are specifically aimed at young people that currently spend their leisure time on small inshore fishing vessels or pleasure craft.

At present under 16's cannot be issued with Seafish / MCA accredited mandatory training certificates until their 16th birthday, for training in Sea Survival, Fire Prevention, 1st Aid and Health and Safety, therefore many young people from fishing and coastal communities around Cornwall may be spending time at sea without any safety training or knowledge of how to act in an emergency situation.

Each of the one day workshops scheduled to take place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Redruth on the 2nd & 3rd August will equip candidates with essential skills which will stand them in good stead whilst at sea or on land.

Candidates will receive a certificate of attendance from Seafood Cornwall Training upon completion on the day. Due to the current age restriction, this will not be a Seafish / MCA certificate but key elements of each of the Seafish / MCA Basic Safety Training Courses will be covered during the day.

This Autumn / Winter, Seafood Cornwall Training will be launching a new 3 Week Introduction to Fishing Course which we hope will be fully funded and accredited by Seafish. By attending this one day safety workshop, young people interested in a career at sea will be able to find out more about this new course as well as meeting other like minded individuals.

Course Summary
09.00: Introduction and Overview of the Course
09:15: Safety Awareness with Mike Collier MCA
10:30: Fire Training and Prevention with Paul Postill - Ocean Engineering (Fire) Ltd.
11:30: Summary of morning - Q&A's
12.00: Lunch
12:30: First Aid with Wayne Davey
13.30: Sea Survival with Wayne Davey - (Pool Session)
15:30: Summary and certificate presentation
16.00: Finish

Click on  course_summary.pdf to download a detailed course summary.


Mike Collier MBE is well known and respected throughout the Cornish Fish Industry.
Approved by both Seafish and the MCA to deliver mandatory safety training and skippers ticket courses for Seafood Cornwall Training, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the workshop. Mike holds a CIEH Professional Trainers Certificate.

In 2008, Mike was honoured with an MBE for his Services to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, principally for his work as a Fishing Vessel Surveyor based in Newlyn. He is a Member of the Newlyn Harbour Commissioners and is the Chairman of the Newlyn Mission, Local Advisory Committee.

Wayne Davey has been employed by the South Western Ambulance service since May 2001, and currently works as a State Registered Paramedic, throughout West Cornwall. For 2 years he was stationed on the remote Isles of Scilly, as a single manned emergency Paramedic.

Wayne is a member of 771 squadron Royal Navy Search and Rescue where he works as a Winchman/Paramedic aboard a mk5 Sea King helicopter and can be involved in medical jobs backing up emergency ambulances, hospital transfers up to London, or traumatic amputations of fishermen up to 200 miles out at sea.

Wayne is a crew member of the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat, covering the Southwestern approaches beyond Lands End, covering the Atlantic ocean and the English Channel. Wayne benefits from plenty of sea fishing experience having worked on a variety of fishing vessels sailing out of Newlyn and has first hand experience of sea survival after being rescued in the Mid Atlantic, when his rowing boat capsized during a crossing.

Wayne's experience and professional working knowledge of First Aid gives him plenty of relevant material to bring to the workshop. Approved by Seafish and the MCA to deliver STCW 95 accredited First Aid and Sea Survival training, he also holds a CIEH Professional Trainers Certificate.

Paul Postill began his career in 1969 as a marine engineer and for the past 12 years has been an installation manager in marine fire fighting companies responsible for specifying and commissioning marine fire fighting systems.

Previously, Paul worked as a full time fireman including being part of the maritime response team in Humberside fire brigade. Pail is the Operations Director for Ocean Engineering (Fire) Ltd, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our workshop.


In order to secure a place for your child / children on our free Safety Day you must complete and return to us the following:

1. A signed  booking_form.pdf for each child
Please note that if you require any more copies of the booking form and the parental consent and health questionnaire please do not hesitate to get in touch.

2. A signed  parental_consent_form.pdf for each child

3. A £50 refundable deposit for each child.
Course deposits will be returned to the parent on attendance of the course, but retained in the event of non attendance.

4. Please send the above to:
Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd, Unit 1, 78 The Strand, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5HW

Once we are able to confirm a place on a course date, we will write to you with joining instructions detailing directions to the course venue, course start time and what each person should bring with them on the day.

Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to call,

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Crosbie
Training Manager
Tel: 01736 364324

The sea safety project for young people has been jointly sponsored by:
Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd, Falfish and The CFPO




<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 5 of 13


<<  Apr 2014  >>
 M  T  W  T  F  S  S 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
RocketTheme Joomla Templates

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.