Cornwall: This Fishing Life – 24 October 2021 – BBC Two

Series 2 Episode 3 of 6 – Padstow is well known for its tourist industry, but there’s another lucrative industry here that few visitors are aware of. Each year, Padstow’s fishermen land hundreds of tonnes of brown crab, but the vast majority bypass the town altogether. For decades, lorryloads of shellfish have left Padstow for the continent every week.

Once connected to Europe, Padstow’s crabbing industry boomed. Britain’s crab exports to Europe form an industry worth over sixty million pounds. But lockdowns across Europe have brought everything to a standstill, and as the global market for crab grows, concerns are starting to be raised about the effects of overfishing.

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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