Looe harbour sees rise in fish landings
FISH worth £2.36 million was landed in Looe in 2012, a report published by the Marine Management Organisation has revealed.
In total 1,169 tonnes of fish was landed by UK vessels at the harbour, making it Cornwall's third busiest port.
Looe harbour master Jeff Penhaligon said he believed the number of landings had risen year on year.
"I know we've done better this year than last moneywise," he said.
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"The quality of our fish is superb. We've also had an extended lemon sole season this year.
"I think the high number of fish sales is down to education. The price of fish is much better now that it's ever been. There's a bit less fishing but the prices we've had for it are up because people appreciate the value of fish and how good it is for them."
The increased tonnage of landings was good news for the town's fishermen, he said, and plans to ensure the sustainability of the harbour included an online fish market and training schemes to encourage younger people to join the fishing industry.
"Most of our fishermen are quite young," he said.
"We're getting more youngsters into it. We've just run a course and we have another one in February for trainee fishermen.
"We're also hoping to get a fishing market online. That will be a big boost.
"We supply most of the top restaurants in the country, and this will help even further. It's got to be good news for the fishermen," he said.
"The fishing industry is getting better for the fisherman."