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Commercial Fishing



The Fathom Podcast. The weekly Fathom Podcast, hosted by NFFO member organisation, the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation, has rapidly established itself as a must-listen venue for those who want to know what is going on in fishing – from the horse’s mouth – so to speak.


In-depth interviews with key players in fisheries management and fisheries regulation along with industry leaders, provide an incomparable level of insight into the issues of the day. The most recent Fathom interview has been with Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis, and Defra Deputy-Director, Anne Freeman who have had prime responsibility for navigating the Fisheries Bill through Parliament. The Bill is now the Fisheries Act 2020 and will provide the new framework for fisheries management in the UK, replacing the Common Fisheries Policy.

Other Fathom Podcasts have covered:

⦁ Preparing for 1st January with the MMO

⦁ Financial Resilience in fishing communities

⦁ Future of Our Inshore Fisheries: one year on

⦁ A reality check for the months ahead

This is the first time that the fishing industry has had its own broadcast medium in which the questions posed to key decision makers are the kind of questions being asked in the wheelhouse and deck of fishing vessels. The audience, however, is not restricted to fishing vessel operators. Amongst the 4000 people tuning in each week are senior officials in Defra and the MMO and anyone with an interest in understanding what is at the cutting edge in fisheries policy and management.

The Fathom Podcast is prepared by communications specialists Mindfully Wired and funded by Seafarers UK.


About the Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation

The Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation was established in 1975 by local fishermen from Cornwall. Today they are proud to represent their members from all over Cornwall and beyond who make up one of the most sustainable and diverse fishing fleets in Europe.

Their members’ vessels range in size from open single-handed cove boats of around 5-metres in length to large (24 metre plus) beam trawlers and almost everything in-between.

The diversity in species landed (regularly well over 40 species on any given day!) is reflected in the gears and methods they use to catch them including demersal-trawling, beam-trawling, gill-netting, tangle & trammel netting, potting, scallop dredging, ring netting, longlining and hand-lining.