Nearly £500 worth of lobster stolen from Newlyn Harbour
A FISHERMAN has found nearly £500 worth of lobster missing from his boat at Newlyn Harbour.
Graham Nicholas, who is currently working his crabber the Girl Pamela, discovered his stock was taken directly from his pots on two separate occasions.
Last month Mr Nicholas found £60 worth had disappeared overnight, while last week a second incident saw £400 of the expensive produce gone.
"It's a day's work for nothing," he said. "We went to sea and spent money to catch them and it's left us a day out.
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"We've got nowhere safe in Newlyn to put our fish.
"We've now got extra work to make sure our pots are OK at 4am."
Mr Nicholas, who has been fishing all his life, said security at the harbour is not adequate and said two other boats have also had fish taken.
"There's one security guard in the whole of the harbour," he said. "There are cameras but they haven't worked for three months. The gate is always open."
The fisherman said he has managed to track down some of the lobsters at restaurants in Penzance, who were apparently sold them at a cut price.
He added police are investigating but have "little to go on" as fish are hard to trace.
Andrew Munson, current harbour master, said stock is the responsibility of fishermen.
"At the end of the day it's down to them to look after their fish," he explained.
"We've got cameras on the harbour. No one has told me they don't work.
"My night watchmen are watching the area. There is a guard on all night, he hasn't seen anything."
Mr Munson noted he and his team are doing their best to monitor the situation.
He also mentioned he would like to improve security at the harbour.
But he questioned how best to do so.
"It's awkward," he said. But added: "We do have an idea of who it might be."