Newlyn Fishermen on French Study Tour
A group of fishermen from Newlyn, Cornwall have just returned
from a two and a half day study tour which involved touring
fishing ports in Brittany, North Western France. The group
were interested in learning best practice from the French
with regards to improving the quality of their fish and therefore
potentially increasing the selling price of their fish at
market. The tour included visits to fish markets at Roscoff,
Le Guilvinec and Concarneau. The group also visited a training
centre, net-making factory and boatbuilding company, as well
as meeting with members of the local fishing industry.
The group have been meeting regularly to take French lessons,
held at the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre in Newlyn,
in order to help them communicate with French trawler men
when out at sea. The Brittany visit was funded through the
Fish Rural Enterprise Gateway (Fish REG), a SW Regional Development
Agency funded project, which aims to give people involved
in the fishing industry the skills and information necessary
to develop their businesses and find solutions to problems
in a rapidly changing economic and policy climate.
Evonne Amblin, Business Link project officer for Fish REG
across the South West region said: "I am delighted
that we were able to assist this small group of local fishermen.
The knowledge they gained through the visit will enable them
to improve their working practices and develop their businesses.
This is an ideal example of the type of activity that Fish
REG can support."
"The French lessons have been delivered in an informal,
but focused manner with the course content being student led.
This approach has proved very successful and the France trip
was a great opportunity to put into practice what they have
learned," added Jon Lansley, project officer, Cornwall
Fisheries Resource Centre.
Newlyn fisherman Andrew Pascoe felt that the trip had been
very worthwhile. "The local fishermen we met made
us feel very welcome and were more than happy to share their
knowledge with us – we were even featured in the local
Brittany newspaper!" he said.
For more information on the Rural Enterprise Gateway, contact
Business Link Devon and Cornwall on 0845 600 9966.
For further information please contact Jon Lansley of the
Fisheries Resource Centre on 01736 874304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Fisheries Resource Centre
through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund
(FIFG) and Business Link through the European Regional Development
Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee
SWREG is an element of Business Link's Gateway
service aimed at helping rural businesses in the south west,
through access to information, training and business development
It is one of the support schemes aimed at helping rural and
land based businesses across Devon, Cornwall & the Isles
of Scilly and administered by the Business Link Agricultural
Team. Others include:
• Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership scheme
• Rural Business Support Initiative
• Rural Diversification Capital Grant Initiative
• Rural Directory
Business Link Devon and Cornwall delivers
the national Business Link service to the two counties under
contract from the DTI's Small Business Service.
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service
via an information gateway on the web www.bldc.co.uk
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business.
The South West of England Regional Development Agency
is one of the nine RDAs covering England and charged with
creating conditions in which businesses and communities can
thrive. The South West region comprises Gloucestershire, Dorset,
Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly; and the unitary authorities of Bath and North East
Somerset, Bournemouth, City of Bristol, North Somerset, Plymouth,
Poole, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, and Torbay.
South West England has almost 5 million residents. More than
half live in rural areas – the highest proportion for
any English region. It also covers the largest land area of
any English RDA. The RDA has a budgetary allocation of £131.4
million in 2003/4 and £130.8 million in 2004/5.
The Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre project
was a key project in the Objective One Fisheries Taskforce
Strategy, published in May 2002.
The project is funded by: EU Objective One – Financial
Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG), Barclays Bank plc,
Defra, Penwith District Council, Rural Community Partnership,
Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners, Cornish Fish Producers
Organisation (CFPO) and Seafish (SFIA).
3. The Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre is at 78b The Strand,
Newlyn, tel: 01736 364324.
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