The Crown Estate has announced the final offshore wind areas in the Celtic Sea.
CFPO announces a new fund in partnership with MNWB that will enable a cohort of fishermen to develop higher-level skills to progress their fishing careers.
CFPO CEO Chris Ranford reflects on the disappointing results of the December Council negotiations and the consequences for the Cornish fishing fleet.
Five areas of search for commercial-scale floating offshore wind development in the Celtic Sea have been announced and the CFPO is urging members to demonstrate key areas of importance to the fishing industry.
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.
"Paul, and the PO on the whole, help us to deal with these issues that we have… and that’s helped my business tremendously."
"[My] boat is a member of the Cornish PO because I feel it’s got a very strong network with other POs across the country and in Europe."
"The CFPO is very good for Cornish fishing. They help us out in a number of different ways... You know they’re always there on the end of the phone if we have any problems. There are so many different types of fishing going on in Cornwall, which the PO keeps an eye on. It’s nice to be part of it"
“For me, it is impossible to overstate the benefits of being a member of 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.”
"I enjoy being a member of the CFPO as they do a great job of managing our monthly quotas. They always try and get quota for us when we need it and understand what fishing is about. I also love the fact that I can ring at any time and have a chat with Paul about any concerns I have about the industry, his knowledge is so vast."
“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!”