I went out on a boat with them on a Saturday for 4 hours. They are only permitted to fish for oysters 6 days a weeks and during specific hours. On weekdays, they are allowed to fish between the hours of 9am and 3pm, and on Saturday, they are only allowed to fish between the hours of 9am and 1pm. All of this is to make sure that over-fishing doesn't occur.
They are also required to use sailing boats when fishing. This means that they don't stay on the same area of the bay for long. These small but important parts of fishing in the bay make the fishing a lot greener, and also mean that the trade can carry on for years to come.
The two guys that I went out with, Jay and Julian, were both really great guys who had been Oyster Fishing for most of their lifetime, and specifically in Falmouth Bay for the past 10 years.
The hard manual labour which they have to endure each day is intense and I respect all oyster fisherman for the amount of work which is put in to fishing for the oysters. It is just a shame that the money which they receive from selling the oysters is nothing in comparison to the prices at which they are sold in the leading restaurants across the country.
|Oyster Fisherman coming back in from a days fishing in Falmouth Bay|
|Julian at Work|
I also visited a tattoo artist in Penryn. Bob, a laid back kinda guy was keen for me to photograph him doing his tattoos and I was lucky enough to be there to photograph him finishing off an eagle on a mans back.