When the boat comes in
The women of south-west England working in the male-dominated fishing industry.
Crew member on a boat out of the Helford River, Cornwall
But physically, as a female, you just can't do the same things.
You can't lift the same stuff.”
“I did get bitten by a hake.
It was a case of: 'Don't put your finger in its mouth.'
And of course, what's the first thing you do?
Their teeth face backwards. It really hurt.”
Works at Sole of Discretion fish processing in Plymouth, Devon
“You hardly see any women at all round here.
A few come up and ask questions.
'What are you doing? What's your job?'”
Commercial skipper on the Jurassic Coast from Poole, Dorset
“I see beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Dolphins swimming and playing around our boat.
I get to make a living doing something I really enjoy.”
Partner at Pengelly Fishmongers in Looe, Cornwall
I’m up at a quarter past five and my sister picks me up.
The fish that’s landed here is second to none.”
“It is quite a man’s world.
You have to be tough on the outside a little bit sometimes.
You also have to be fairly fit. We carry 25kg boxes around.”
We process all our fish. Not everyone wants to do that.
If there’s a job going, it can be fairly difficult to fill.”
Harbourmaster at Looe, Cornwall
We felt 'mistress' produced connotations of short skirts, knee-high boots and suspenders.
But I wear long trousers, big heavy boots and a fluorescent jacket with a hat on.
So we decided to keep it 'master'.”
“Years ago the harbourmaster’s role was very visual.
Managing the boats and being out on the quay.
But now there's mechanisation outside and paperwork inside.
It’s not really a physically demanding role any more.”
Fished on her dad's boat for five years out of the Helford River, Cornwall
'So what exactly do you do on the boat?
Wouldn't you rather be in a shop behind the counter?'
But I think many women would be capable if they weren't busy with their families.”
Salmon-netter on the Taw and Torridge rivers, Devon
“We use a 14-foot, clinkered rowing boat. The nets are made of nylon.
If the weather's perfect it's first class, but if the wind is blowing it's very hard work.
And I can't swim.”
But when you bring them in you get that gorgeous silver colour.
They're beautiful. There's nothing nicer.”
National Lobster Hatchery's research and development manager, Padstow, Cornwall