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20.02.03
'Sea Hawke' £1,500 fisheries Objective One improvements

Skipper of the 'Sea Hawke' Roger Nowell has been allocated an Objective One Fisheries grant for £1,500 to improve fish storing facilities on board his vessel.

The small net trawler, which fishes from Newlyn, will have an insulated fishroom installed to keep the fish chilled before it is landed.

It is extremely important to keep the fish stored at a low temperature to maintain its quality. The new fish room will provide cooler storage conditions, which will raise the value of the fish when it is sold on the market.

Refrigeration on board fishing vessels is vital especially in the summer months when keeping fish cool can be difficult. Vessels without refrigeration have to land fish within hours of catching it, to prevent the fish from deteriorating, which shortens trips and wastes valuable fishing time.

Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager stated "Improving fish quality, which has economic benefits for fishermen, is important to raise the profile of Cornish fish as a high quality product. It would be great to see every Cornish fishing vessel benefiting from Objective One grants to help fish quality."

Roger Norwell, skipper of the 'Sea Hawke' added "I am delighted to receive the grant. The new fish room will improve the quality of my catch, as the fish will be stored at a cooler temperature. It will also enable me to take less ice out to sea as the ice will not melt as quickly in the cooler conditions."

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Editor's notes:

For further information contact:
Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager
Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
Email: 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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