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New ice plant and scales for Penberth Cove

Photo of Penberth Cove by John ButlerPenberth Winch Society has secured £2,500 of Objective One fisheries investment for the installation of an ice machine and digital scales at Penberth Cove.

Having their own ice machine at the cove will allow the Penberth fishermen to produce ice as and when required. This means fishermen can take ice to sea and ice their catch immediately upon landing. Keeping the fish well-iced will ensure that the quality of the catch meets buyer's demands and optimum prices are gained at market. The new ice machine will also be time and cost effective as previously ice was bought from Newlyn and transported across to Penberth.

The purchase of digital scales will not only improve the accuracy and consistency of the weights, but will also speed up the weighing process allowing the catch to be iced quicker and so also improving the catch quality.

The project will help to secure the future of the fishing industry at the cove as reduced costs and increased profitability will ensure the cove remains a viable landing site. Ted Chappell, Secretary of the Penberth Winch Society said: "All the Penberth fishermen are delighted with the new scales and ice machine."

Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager commented: "It's great to be able to help a small group of inshore men to improve their lot."

For further information contact Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager on 01872 270333 or email:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the fishing industry through the Financial Instruments for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG).


Editor's notes:

Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide £10 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) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The projects are approved by the DEFRA in partnership with an Objective 1 Fisheries Management Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South West Pesca Ltd assists applicants to develop projects by providing guidance and help on completing application forms and submitting applications.

Up to 40% (35% EU and 5% National) grants are available for the private sector projects and 75% grants for the public sector projects. So far 203 projects have been approved with £5,232,700 of funds committed to these projects.

Examples of projects funded by the Objective 1 Programme:

• Vessel Modernisation:
Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish quality
On board fishing vessels, and improvements to crew comfort and

• 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

• Aquaculture

• Protection and development of aquatic resources by fixed of movable Structures

For further information contact:

Clare Leverton
South West Pesca Ltd
Trevint House
Strangways Villas
Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

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