£2.16m of fish landed at Mevagissey in 2012
MORE THAN £2 million-worth of fish was landed in Mevagissey in 2012, a report published by the Marine Management Organisation has revealed.
In total 1,405 tonnes of fish were landed at the harbour, making it one of the busiest ports in Cornwall.
Mevagissey harbour master Hugh Bowles said the town had enjoyed an increase in fish landings in recent years and the harbour was attracting larger vessels.
"For the last three years our fish landings have been increasing," he said.
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"The fleet is increasing in size and the harbour is attracting bigger boats."
Following the publication of the report, which revealed £2.16 million-worth of fish was landed at Mevagissey, Mr Bowles said the numbers were encouraging.
"We never know what's going to happen with fish stocks but the figures are positive," he said.
"Last year we landed a lot of haddock, which is a bit different from years ago."
He said the boost in the industry had led to more young people taking up the trade.
"There are a lot of youngsters coming into the industry and obviously they are the future of the fishing industry."
To ensure the harbour can handle the increased numbers of vessels, a series of improvements are in the pipeline.
"We have secured three grants over the past year to make improvements," Mr Bowles said.
"They amount to about £400,000-worth of work,"
"We have a grant of £37,000 to install a much larger crane on the lighthouse, which should be completed in the next four weeks. I have been working on these projects for the last two years. Only in recent weeks have we got all the grants approved."
"Last week we were awarded a grant for works to lengthen the jetty by 10 metres. The total cost of that is nearly £258,000."
"These projects will make things better for the fishermen."