Friday, 19 July 2013

Brixham Fish Market Tour


This morning very early at 6.15am we had a great tour of the Brixham Fish Market, a £20 million pound development for Brixham. A fishing fleet of 70 registered boats supply fish of all types and over £25 million pounds of fish is landed each year at Brixham.


Brixham is the biggest grossing fishing port in England

 Here are the buyers at auction time and just some of the masses of crates of fish waiting to be sold


70 % of the catch is exported to Europe and worldwide


 Here is Brixhams Harbour Master Paul giving us the tour and explaining about some of the catches



A little bit of info - Project 50% Brixham Beam Trawler crews agreed to try to reduce the discards by 50%. Trialling their own net designs, it was a massive success with more than 50% reductions achieved. This has been recognised as best practice and is now being adopted in other UK fleets

Scallops being sold at auction




The catch in the blue crates below is from one of the small independent boats-quite a varied catch


The Fish Market is a rather beautiful state of the art building




Here one of the workers is clearing out the ice from the crates and then they go into another building to be washed


Some of the trawlers and other smaller boats moored up alongside the unloading bays




We had a lovely walk outside to see the boats and some of the other facilities-like the deep freeze, after the cold 8 degrees inside the market itself, it was quite nice!


This little red boat is very tough..she spends a lot of her time under huge waves and as she has a closed hull (see next photo) apparently she can take quite a bashing from the waves




 Some of the fishing gear



Another bit of info - Marine Litter Project - Brixham fishermen have been taking part in this Devon and Cornwall wide project to collect marine litter that they catch in their nets. They bag it and bring it back to port. Since 2009 when the project started, the fishermen have collected over 50 tonnes of litter.

Here are a few close ups of things that caught my eye



 

A look at a trawler through the gear of another just as we finished the tour


...and then it was time for a wildlife tour of the bay with tea and croissants....yummy!


Hope you have enjoyed this tour. It's really worth a visit if you are planning a holiday here.
Have a great weekend 
SeagullSuzie

12 comments:

  1. What a fantastic post, I really enjoyed it. Super photos. I can't bear dead fish being chucked back into the sea- what kind of moronic policy is that? Great to hear about the litter picking and the new nets being used more widely. Thanks for sharing. And have a great weekend. CT x

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    1. Hi CT thanks for your comment. It was a really interesting tour, although we did have to get up at 5am, it was a great way to start the day. I took lots of photos. We had to wear coats, hats and overshoes and I had my fleece underneath, the overshoes were not waterproof and were slopping about in fish slime and water. I'm surprised I managed to get any decent pics at all and at least I didn't fall over!

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  2. It was worth getting up early this morning to see all this! They are great photographs and it looks like a huge number of fish. I'm so glad that the initiative Brixham Project 50% has been such a success. I had also heard how the fishermen have started to collect the rubbish in the sea. We are always amazed how much litter there can be. On beach cleans we have seen so much plastic bottles with foreign writing.
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah, the market is huge, so I hope the photos showed that. It's terrible that we have allowed so much litter to accumulate, I hope this project continues. I know in London lots of joggers use plastic bottles and just throw the empties into the river as they run along...I'd fine them all!

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  3. I really enjoyed this interesting post with great photos. Good News to hear about the best practice regarding discards too and the way litter is being collected. We so often hear about the overfishing side of things so its good to read something more positive.

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    1. I agree, we only hear the bad things about fishing and just like farming there are some very bad practices. I'm pleased everyone has liked the info on discards and litter collection. The government needs to do more-we treat our seas very badly.

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  4. Terrific photos. This is good news about the project to reduce discards and also the litter collection. It has been terrible that the sea has been a dumping ground. I'm always amazed that those small fishing boats can withstand such huge waves, I imagine they are working on the designs all the time.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. Have you seen the newer RNLI boats? Now that's real design and technology in use, they can self-right. I just can't imagine going out to sea in such a small boat and surviving-that little red boat really was small compared to the trawlers.

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  5. Fantastic news about the discard levels and the litter. What a staggering amount! I loved the building when I saw it back in November and so great to have a tour around it. We were too busy watching OB in his canoe.

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    1. Hi Em, the building it seems, is either loved or hated by Brixham people! I think it's beautiful and fits in perfectly with the surroundings. Some great projects going on, so it was good to share them.

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  6. Your photos are very clear and sharp. It looks like an interesting place.

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    1. Thanks. It's one of the places we've wanted to visit for ages, but you have to be quick and book early as they sell out fast...it seems it's a very popular tour.

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