Cornwall: This Fishing Life – 10 October 2021 – BBC Two

Series 2 Episode 1 of 6 – It’s summer in Newquay, but you wouldn’t know it. Cornwall’s most popular tourist resort has been in lockdown for months.

With its reliance on tourism, some are predicting Newquay could be economically the worst-hit English town as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, restrictions are beginning to ease – and not a moment too soon for the town’s fishermen, most of whom have been tied up for months.

With lost time to catch up on, and livelihoods on the line, the fleet are steaming into a summer like no other.

About Cornwall: This Fishing Life

Whilst other fishing communities are feeling the pinch, Mevagissey on Cornwall’s south coast bucks the trend, with 74 working boats in the harbour. Protected from the prevailing winds, with fish stocks that are beginning to return, and with boats being handed down from father to son. Meva is blessed. Fishing is in the blood here – for more than 250 years the men of Meva have followed their fathers to sea, eager to honour the family traditions. Now the next generation of ambitious young skippers are ready to make a go of it. Jack West fished with his dad growing up, and the family have decided the time is right to invest in Jack. Having spent thousands on the Anne Louise, the pressure is on to get out to sea and start earning some money. The Galwady Mor is owned by one of Mevagissey’s most successful fishing families, the Blameys. 27-year-old Chris is the 4th generation to go to sea.

This show is broadcast on BBC Two, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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