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'Fish Forever' campaign attracts the crowds

The first Newquay Fish Festival held 13 - 14 September in Newquay Harbour has been hailed as a huge success. The good weather brought crowds of people down to enjoy the wet fish and shellfish displays and cookery demonstrations by local chefs from Finns Restaurant, Dolphin Restaurant, the Fort, Hotel Bristol, Lusty Glaze Beach Restaurant, Porth Veor Manor Hotel Restaurant and St Austell College.

The event has received investment from the Objective One Fisheries Programme and supported by Seafish as part of the 'Fish Forever' campaign to promote fish locally. Further funding by Newquay Town Council helped to provide additional entertainment for the event including a jazz band and a Celtic band, Newquay Zoo painted fishy faces on the children and the Blue Reef Aquarium brought their rock pool road show to intrigue the crowds.

Event organiser Gill Moore from Newquay for Excellence Training was thrilled with the response and said: "We were absolutely delighted with the support from the local community for the event, a great weekend was had by all and we are already thinking of ways to build on this great start for next year."

Alison Elvey, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager commented: "It was great to see the Newquay fishing community so enthusiastic and positive about the event. It is hoped that this will now become a regular festival to promote locally caught fish."


Editor's notes:

Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide £5 million from April 2001 to March 2006 to the fishing industry in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The funds are a mixture of EU and national funds, through the Financial Instruments for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG) the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The projects are approved by DEFRA in partnership with an Objective One Fisheries Management Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South West Pesca Ltd assists applicants to develop projects by providing guidance on completing application forms and submitting applications.

Up to 40% grants are available for the private sector projects and 75% grants for the public sector projects. So far 117 projects have been approved with over £2, 260,400 of FIFG committed to projects and almost £315,000 of DEFRA funds.

Examples of projects invested in by the Objective One Programme:

Vessel Modernisation:


Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish quality on board fishing vessels, and improvements to crew comfort
Working conditions
Improvement of fishing ports
Processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products
Product promotion
Projects by members of the trade of collective benefit to the fishing industry
Innovative measures
Protection and development of aquatic resources by fixed of movable Structures

For further information contact:
Alison Elvey, South West Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470

Please note Alison Elvey has returned from travelling to stand in for Clare Leverton whilst she is on maternity leave.


Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388

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