The Cornish fishing village of Mousehole.

The resilience of fishing communities in Cornwall

Plymouth University

This project by Plymouth University PhD researcher Huw Thomas is exploring levels of resilience in Cornish fishing communities to provide an insight into how the sector can be better understood.

Although fishing in Cornwall has declined as an economic sector it still forms an important part of the character and economic base of Cornish coastal communities. However, little is known about how these communities have responded to recent socio-economic challenges that may affect their resilience and likelihood of future survival as working fishing communities in balance with other community livelihoods. 

Huw has been working closely with the Mousehole, Polperro and Mevagissey fishing communities, engaging in interviews with the Harbour Master, retired and current fishers and members of the business and general community, yielding a rich and informed view of the balance between fishing and heritage.

It is hoped that the research will shed light on levels of resilience of Cornish fishing communities and provide valuable policy insights through direct community stakeholder engagement and collaboration with the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation.