This morning very early at 6.15am we had a great tour of the Brixham Fish Market, a £20 million pound development for Brixham. A fishing fleet of 70 registered boats supply fish of all types and over £25 million pounds of fish is landed each year at Brixham.
Brixham is the biggest grossing fishing port in England
Here are the buyers at auction time and just some of the masses of crates of fish waiting to be sold
70 % of the catch is exported to Europe and worldwide
A little bit of info - Project 50% Brixham Beam Trawler crews agreed to try to reduce the discards by 50%. Trialling their own net designs, it was a massive success with more than 50% reductions achieved. This has been recognised as best practice and is now being adopted in other UK fleets
Scallops being sold at auction
The catch in the blue crates below is from one of the small independent boats-quite a varied catch
The Fish Market is a rather beautiful state of the art building
Here one of the workers is clearing out the ice from the crates and then they go into another building to be washed
Some of the trawlers and other smaller boats moored up alongside the unloading bays
We had a lovely walk outside to see the boats and some of the other facilities-like the deep freeze, after the cold 8 degrees inside the market itself, it was quite nice!
This little red boat is very tough..she spends a lot of her time under huge waves and as she has a closed hull (see next photo) apparently she can take quite a bashing from the waves
Some of the fishing gear
Another bit of info - Marine Litter Project - Brixham fishermen have been taking part in this Devon and Cornwall wide project to collect marine litter that they catch in their nets. They bag it and bring it back to port. Since 2009 when the project started, the fishermen have collected over 50 tonnes of litter.
Here are a few close ups of things that caught my eye
A look at a trawler through the gear of another just as we finished the tour
...and then it was time for a wildlife tour of the bay with tea and croissants....yummy!
Hope you have enjoyed this tour. It's really worth a visit if you are planning a holiday here.
Have a great weekend