To manage fishing opportunities (including quota and Kw/days) on behalf of our members, ensuring the core objectives of profitability and sustainability are at the heart of our management strategies.
To promote our members’ produce and aim to increase the unit value of our members’ catches by researching new market opportunities and markets.
To minimise the discarding of unwanted catches and to maximise profitability by offering well-informed advice and guidance to our members.
To represent the collective views and opinions of our members at local, national and international level on all matters effecting them.
The Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation was established in 1975 by local fishermen from Cornwall. Today we are proud to represent our members from all over Cornwall and beyond who make up one of the most sustainable and diverse fishing fleets in Europe.
Our members’ vessels range in size from open single-handed cove boats of around 5-metres in length to large (24 metre plus) beam trawlers and almost everything in-between.
The diversity in species landed (regularly well over 40 species on any given day!) is reflected in the gears and methods we use to catch them including demersal-trawling, beam-trawling, gill-netting, tangle & trammel netting, potting, scallop dredging, ring netting, longlining and hand-lining.
“Given all the challenges we as fishermen face, from Brexit to what quota we have to fish tomorrow, it is more important than ever that real fishermen, whatever the size of their boat or the fishery they are in, have a credible and coherent voice. There is no question the CFPO is that voice!”
“For me it is impossible to overstate the benefits of being a member the CFPO for any fisherman. A standout for me (and the Cornish hake fleet) has been its work on hake - science, regulations and perhaps most importantly marketing the CFPO’s efforts have been immense. Today our fishery is MSC accredited and our collective efforts have paid off with a more stable and strong market for Hake.”