Cornwall’s first fishing training hub has opened in Newlyn providing a dedicated training centre for fishermen across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The provision of the centre has been made possible through a 75% FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) grant funded by the European Fisheries Fund and the Marine Management Organisation and the project has also been supported by the landlords, Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners.
Seafood Cornwall Training (SCT), which manages the training hub and match funded the project, provides a variety of courses aimed at improving the skills of fishermen. Current courses on offer include the four basic sea safety refresher courses and under 16.5m skippers tickets which are all free of charge until the end of March.
Robert Parsons, Newlyn Harbour Master, said: “This training facility is fantastic for the fishing fleet and Newlyn Harbour. The training offered will allow fisherman the confidence to operate both safely at sea and to understand all legal requirements of our high seas so that skippers can credibly operate now and into the future.”
The training hub can also be hired out for meetings, clubs and events.