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06.03.03
'MFV Intuition' fish quality fisheries grant

Mark Rowse skipper and owner of the 'MFV Intuition' has been allocated an Objective One Fisheries grant for over £500. The 'Intuition' a crabbing vessel that fishes out of Newlyn will use the grant aid to have a water pump system fitted to improve fish quality.

Whilst the boat is out at sea the crabs are stored in a compartment filled with seawater, which keeps them alive and in a good condition until they are landed. Maintaining the quality of the water is a very strenuous task and any failure could mean that the crabs might be unfit for sale.

The new equipment will pump air through a system connected to the storage tank, which will result in the shellfish being landed in better condition and reduce the mortality rate.

Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager stated: "The purchase of technical equipment for vessels to improve quality of the catch can be funded through Objective One. This is one of the ways Cornish fishermen can achieve the best possible price for their hard work."

Mark Rowse, skipper and owner of the 'MFV Intuition' added: "The new equipment will increase the quality of my catch, reduce the amount of crab unfit for sale, which will give me better prices on the market. The tank will also reduce pollution."

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Editor's notes:

For more information contact

Clare Leverton, Fisheries Programme Manager South West Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
E-mail: admin@swpesca.co.uk
Website: www.swpesca.co.uk

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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