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.
All twelve participants recruited onto a Prince’s Trust course have graduated, and at least eight now have jobs.
The free Prince’s Trust “Get into Commercial Sea Fishing” course, delivered by Seafood Cornwall Training, provided the recruits with an introduction to commercial fishing to help them find jobs in the sector.
Ryan Reed who attended the course said, “The programme was a great way to gain the qualifications I need to work at sea. Everyone at The Prince’s Trust and Seafood Cornwall Training were eager to help us find employment and had valuable connections in the industry. I will be starting a trial shift on a crabber in Newlyn next week.”
Looe Harbour Commissioners (LHC) has just secured £109,000 of grant funding from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to construct a quayside centre on West Looe quay that will aim to connect the fishing, tourism and wider community together.
Rick Stein has honoured the staff and directors of Seafood Cornwall Training for their service to the fishing industry by presenting them with a liferaft donated by Viking during the Newlyn Fish Festival.
Based in Newlyn, the Seafish Approved Training provider has assisted the Cornish fish industry across Cornwall, through the provision of fishermen’s basic safety training, 16.5m skipper’s ticket courses as well as short courses to add value and skills throughout the industry.
Rick Stein commented, “I’m really pleased to be supporting Seafood Cornwall Training. It’s important to recognise the work that Simon, Sarah and Emma have put in to help provide local fishermen with the dedicated skills training they need to improve safety and efficiency at sea, which in turn has helped develop the Cornish fishing industry as a whole.”