The rich fishing grounds around the southern part of the UK are served by a fascinating variety of ports and harbours.  In the south west, Brixham and Plymouth in Devon and Newlyn in Cornwall are the main fishing ports with their own auction markets. 

Travelling north from Newlyn, the next auction market to be found on the west coast of the UK is Fleetwood in Lancashire.  Travelling east from Brixham, your next most likely port of call will be Shoreham-by-Sea where Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales Ltd will accept your fish by prior arrangement.


Padstow is a busy port and popular tourist resort on the north coast of Cornwall. It has a  fishing fleet consisting mainly of netters and crabbers and a few medium size trawlers. It is also home to celebrity chef Rick Stein who has done so much for the  UK Fishing Industry through his colourful and entertaining promotion of sea fish. 

There is still an important Dover Sole fishery off Padstow annually when the "Trevose Conservation Boxes" are opened.  Much of the fish is landed in Padstow for onward transport to Plymouth and other south west auction markets.

Ice and fuel are available from the harbour commissioners on: 01841 532239

Contact the harbour on VHF Channel 12


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