Cornwall: This Fishing Life 21 November 2021: Sunday on BBC Two

Series 2 Episode 5 of 6 – Cadgwith Cove is Cornwall’s last traditional full-time fishing cove.

As boats got bigger, fish stocks declined and young men left, many of Cornwall’s other coves faded away.

Despite this, Cadgwith has held strong. For generations, sons have followed fathers off the beach and out to sea. Now, the next generation is set to join the fleet.

But while there might be new blood within the fleet, the old working fabric of the cove itself is now under threat.

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.

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