Fishing can be a hazardous occupation and therefore promoting safe working practices and training of fishermen is an important area of the work for the CFPO.

Through our membership of the NFFO we have input and representation on many maritime safety groups within the United Kingdom, Europe and on the world stage at the International Maritime Organisation & International Labour Organisation (IMO/ILO).

The CFPO was the driving force behind the setting up of Seafood Cornwall Training (SCT) and continues to work closely with Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd.

SCT offers a huge variety of training, both for entry level and experienced fishermen. Please see below for a brief introduction to what Seafood Cornwall Training offers and click through to find out more information and book your place.

Basic Safety Training for Fishermen

SCT provides Seafish & MCA STCW 95 Approved Basic Safety Training courses to enable new entrants and experienced fishermen to meet the mandatory requirements for all crews of commercial fishing vessels registered in the UK.

Before starting work as a fisherman, the one day Basic Sea Survival Training must be the first course new entrants complete.

Within three months of starting work, all new entrant fishermen must complete the following additional courses:

1 day Basic Fire Fighting and Prevention

1 day Basic First Aid / Elementary First Aid STCW 95

1 day Basic Health and Safety

In addition to the courses required of new entrants (above), all experienced fishermen, regardless of whether they hold a Certificate of Competency, must complete the following course:

1 day Safety Awareness and Risk Assessment

Upon completion of this course, experienced fishermen are recommended to apply to Seafish for an Experienced Fisherman photo identification card verifying their compliance with this requirement.

Funding is available for experienced fishermen who have completed their Safety Awareness course and wish to take refresher basic safety training.

For further information on each of the courses, please click here. 

Introduction to Commercial Fishing

SCT also offers the Seafish three-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing course for new entrants to the fishing industry. The course consists of two weeks shore-based training (covering safety, gear and catch handling, net mending, rope work and navigation) and one week of mandatory safety courses (Sea Survival, Fire Fighting, First Aid, Health and Safety) and the Seafish Basic Fishing Vessel Stability course.

Click here to find out more about the course and the next available training dates.


We work in partnership with SCT to deliver school projects to help children to engage with the fishing industry.
During 2014 and 2015 the CFPO worked together with SCT to deliver the ‘Net to Plate – Get into Seafood’ project, funded by the FLAG. As part of this project, the CFPO led the educational visits to Newlyn for 100s of Cornish primary school children.

Through a number of harbour tours and interactive talks the Net to Plate project helped to deliver on the following aims:

  • Raise awareness of seafood within Cornish schools
  • Promote the consumption of under-utilised species of fish readily available in Cornwall
  • Promote the health benefits of eating seafood
  • Educate children about where fish comes from and how it is caught


As part of the project a short video, worksheet and an A2 poster of Cornish fish species were produced. Our video is below for you to enjoy, but if you would like to access any of the other resources, please do get in touch.

Educational Resources