Fishing Support Organisations

offering support, guidance and funding for the fishing industry

Seafood Cornwall Training work alongside a number of other organisations offering support, guidance and access to funding for fishermen and others involved in the fishing industry.

We have included information and contact details below of our main partners. 

Please visit their own websites to find out more about what they do to support fishermen and how they might be able to help you. 

Fishing Organisations

Cornish Fish Producers' Organisation (CFPO)

The CFPO is a cooperative that represents vessels of all sizes from cove boats to large beam trawlers fishing from Cornwall.  Its members include netters, trawlers, potters and long liners landing a diverse selection of species.  

The CFPO aims to:

Manage fishing opportunities to promote profitability and sustainability for its members

  • Promote its members producte and increase the unit value of catches
  • Minimise discard of unwanted catches and maximise profitability
  • Represent the collective views of its members at local, national and international level

Visit their website

Western Fish Producers' Organisation (WFPO)

The WFPO is a cooperative of fishing companies that manages their member’s fishing quota, represents their members’ interests at government and policy level and works to improve market conditions for the catch.  WFPO is based in Devon and primarily represents members who fish from South West England. Most of its members are beam-trawl, scallop and whelk vessels fishing from Brixham.  

The WFPO aims to

  • Add value to members’ products, grow demand and improve market conditions.
  • Improve sustainability of members’ operations to achieve the highest sustainability standards.
  • Collaborate with government and other stakeholders to deliver benefits to members and broader society, being open and innovative in addressing joint challenges.

Visit their website


South West Fish Producers' Organisation (SWFPO)

The SWFPO represents owners from the ports of Brixham, Plymouth, Looe, Newlyn, Milford Haven, Shoreham, Thames Estuary and the Scottish West Coast.  They do not have a website but can be contacted by email at or on the phone at 01752 691162

Funding and Grant Organisations

Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS)

FaSS is a government scheme that provides financial assistance for projects that support the development of the fishing and fish processing sectors, and for projects that enhance the marine environment. 

Its aims include:

  • Making the sector more resilient and sustainable
  • Boosting demand for English seafood
  • Conserving and restoring the marine environment
  • Reducing carbon emissions within the fishing industry

You can read more on its website

Email FaSS at

or give them a call on 0208 0265539

UK Seafood Fund

The UK Seafood Fund was set up to support the long term future and sustainability of the UK fisheries and seafood sector. The fund is managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Its aims include:

Reform and modernise infrastructure to being economic growth to coastal communities

Encourage new entrants to the industry and upskill the existing workforce

Emable an environmentally sustainable fishing industry that value for money and reflects the long term needs of the sector.

Find out more about the UK Seafood Fund at

The Seafarer's Charity

The Seafarers’ Charity makes a life-changing impact in troubled times with grants to support those who work – or have worked – at sea, and their families.

Through funding, collaboration, research and advocacy, the Seafarer’s charity aims to tackle the root causes of seafarer hardship and disadvantage in the UK and around the world.

Find out more about the Seafarer’s Charity at

Fisheries Management Organisations

Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA)

Cornwall IFCA is one of 10 Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authorities that manage the marine inshore environment around the coast of England.  

Cornwall IFCA has research and enforcement roles, to monitor species and protect sea fisheries resources.

IFCA conduct patrols and inspections at sea, and at ports, harbours and places where fish are landed to ensure fishing is taking place within the rules and regulations.

Find out more at

Email Cornwall IFCA on or call on 01736 336842.

Isles of Scilly IFCA

Isles of Scilly IFCA are responsible for the management of fisheries and fisheries activities in Marine Protected Areas of six nautical miles around the Isles of Scilly. 

Scilly IFCA aims to ensure that the marine environment continues to support a healthy fishery and vice-versa. 

Find out more at

Email Scilly IFCA on or call on 01720 424588

Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

The MMO’s purpose is to protect and enhance the marine environment, and support UK economic growth by enabling sustainable marine activities and development. 

It aims to protect and develop our seas, coasts and communties for the benefit of generations to come. 

Find out more about the MMO Team at

Email the MMO’s Cornwall office on or call 01736 757303

Email the Plymouth Office on or call 01736 228001

Maritime and Coastguard Association (MCA)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency work to prevent loss of life on the coast and at sea. They produce legislation on maritime matters and provide certifications to seafarers, including fishermen. 

Find out more at

Email the MCA Office for South West England including Cornwall at or call on 0208 390 85245

Contact the MCA Falmouth satellite office by email at or call 0208 381 72652

Cornwall Port Health Authority

Cornwall Port Health Authority is responsible for enforcement of international, European and domestic legislation at ports and airports.

All fishing vessels must be registered and inspected. You can download the self-assessment questionaire for under 10m vessels on the Porth Health Authority website

Email Cornwall Port Health Authority at