Please click on the link for the latest news from the Cornwall and IOS Fisheries Local Action Group FLAG Summer 2015 Newsletter
St Ives Fishing Community Association (SIFCA), a relatively new group, has been remarkably successful with a funding bid to the European Fisheries Fund. They received £7,500 to purchase their own fiberglass rowing gig, which was launched on Saturday 9 August in front of the Sloop Inn, St Ives.
The aim of the Association is to encourage wider engagement within the community and use the gig as a way of bringing individuals, friends, families and groups together to promote health, welfare and social inclusion. Working closely with the St Ives Gig Club, the gig will be placed on a mooring in the harbour, which will offer members easy access throughout the summer months.
The gig has been funded by a European Fisheries Fund application through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), along with several local businesses providing match funding. The association would like to thank its sponsors and supporters; The Sloop, Celtic Fish & Game, Matthew Stevens & Son, St Ives Town Council, Consols Oils and Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC).
Richard Robinson, President of SIFCA said “It’s fantastic to be able to have our own training gig moored in the harbour. Many of our members are fishermen and do not work regular hours, which restricts them from engaging with other community clubs and local events. We are encouraging anyone who has an interest to join us and become a member of the Association and to make the most of this great opportunity.”
The Association is open to any members of the St Ives harbour community. Membership is £20 and forms can be found at the harbour office in St Ives. For more information about FLAG opportunities, please contact Chris on 01736 364324 or viaChris.email@example.com
After a successful Phase 1 project in 2013, where 149 tubs, 51 PLB’s and 96 lifejackets were purchased with grant support benefiting 91 SWHFA members, a second phase has just been approved by the MMO (July 2014), that will enable members to purchase at a reduced cost, six items that will improve safety and quality. From discussions with members the following six items were identified for inclusion in the new project.
- – Seaplast Insulated Bins (various sizes)
- – Mullion Life Jacket
- – Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
- – PLB pouches
- -Small Ice Making Machines
- – Handheld VHF radios
Click on this link for more information on the items available.
If you would like to take part in the project please contact Seafood Cornwall Training who are administering the project on behalf of the SWHFA on 01736 364324.
SWHFA Members will be receiving further information in the post during July 2014 to invite them to take part in the new project.
The deadline for orders is the 15th August 2014 so you will need to act quickly.
Funding is currently available through Seafood Cornwall Training for new entrants to complete the Three Week Introduction to Commercial Fishing course, for existing fishermen to refresh their Basic Safety Certificates (Sea Survival, First Aid etc) and to complete their Under 16.5m Skippers Certificate free of charge. Grants are also available for experienced fishermen towards the cost of completing Certificate of Competence (skippers tickets) until 31 March 2015. Please call us for more information or to book on a course 01736 364324
The first school visit as part of the Seafood Cornwall Training Net to Plate Project for 2013/14 to Newlyn’s fishing industry was a hit.
Over the course of the Spring and Summer terms, up to 15 schools will have the opportunity to attend a Fish Industry visit to Newlyn led by Seafood Cornwall Training and supported by Falfish, The CFPO and Shellfish Merchants W Harvey and Sons.
Over 30 children from Mabe school, aged 7 to 9 years, visited Newlyn to learn about Cornwall’s fishing industry. The visit was part funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLAG (Fishing Local Action Group) and Falfish.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) is one of the top performing FLAGs in the country, which has led to the Marine Management Organisation awarding further funding to the programme. This could mean that £2m could be committed to projects in Cornwall by mid-2014.
Cornwall’s first ever Fishing Training Hub has opened in Newlyn providing a dedicated training centre for Cornwall’s fishermen.
The provision of the centre has been made possible through a 75% FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) grant funded by the European Fisheries Fund and the Marine Management Organisation and the project has also been supported by the landlords, Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners.
Newlyn based fishermen Kevin, Francis and Andrew’s top priority is to achieve the best price for their catch. To add value and get maximum return to maintain a career in the local fishing industry, they decided to explore new digital grounds and ideas.
The group started to sell their fish (hake, herring), and shellfish (brown crab and lobster) on-line, enabling them to increase their customer base and communicate directly with consumers.
The fishermen developed a simple website linking to facebook and twitter. The ground-breaking innovation came from the use of twitter @Drecklyfish, when they started reporting ‘live’ what was being caught, allowing following customers to track and bid immediately.
The course, aimed at those who want to work on a fishing boat or in the wider fishing industry, is the first step on the career ladder for anyone who wants to work hard in a challenging environment.
Students aged from 22 to 60 years, all interested in a fishing career, travelled from Newquay, Penzance, Camborne, Truro and Hayle as well as further afield from Cirencester, to attend the course in Newlyn.
Seafood Cornwall Training are now taking enquiries for a Three Week Introduction to Fishing Course which will run from 2nd to 20th September 2013 in Newlyn. The course, aimed at those who want to work on a fishing boat or in the wider fishing industry, is the first step on the career ladder for anyone who wants to work hard in a challenging environment.
Last year the ten students that took part ranged from aged 16-45 and travelled from across Cornwall, including Penzance, Helston, Looe, St Blazey, St Ives, and Newquay. Over 60% of attendees entered the fishing sector after the course.