The food craft and arts tents bring together the best of Cornwall’s local products and foods.

All day fish barbecues on the harbour quay.  A cold pint in the Quayside bar?  A Cornish beer on the rowing club veranda? The Newquay Fish Festival has everything you’ll want for a great Cornish day out.

A number of community groups also have the opportunity to use the event for their own fundraising purposes and these generally include the Newquay Old Cornwall Society, Newquay Society of Artists (who also paint on site) and Newquay Hospital League of Friends to name just a few, with Newquay Churches Together organising an open air ‘Songs of Praise’ in the Harbour to conclude the event on Sunday evening.


Cornwall IFCA



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Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (Cornwall IFCA) is responsible for marine fisheries and environmental management in our inshore waters and estuaries.  The District extends from Marsland Mouth just north of Bude, along the north coast of Cornwall, around Landsend and along the south coast to the western end of the Plymouth Breakwater in Plymouth Sound, out to the 6 mile limit. The District covers an area of 4059 square kilometres, or about 1500 square miles.   Cornwall IFCA was formed from the former Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee in 2011.  The Sea Fisheries Committee had been in place since 1890 so had managed the Cornwall inshore fisheries for 121 years

There are a total of 10 IFCAs in England and all of them are local authorities attached to coastal Councils.  In Cornwall’s case it is attached to Cornwall Council, although some of the IFCAs are connected to seven or eight councils in their various Districts.  Different management arrangements are in place for the coastal fisheries in Wales and Scotland where the devolved governments carry out that task. 

Cornwall IFCA operates four seagoing vessels, Saint Piran is the largest of the four. Saint Piran was constructed in 2000 by Damen Shipyard in the Netherlands. She is a 27m, aluminium hulled vessel, with two 1300hp Cummins diesel engines, a maximum speed of 22 knots and an effective range of 1000 nautical miles.  When built, she cost £2.1m, the majority of which was paid for from a national government initiative called Capital Challenge, and from European grant funds from Brussels.

Saint Piran has a bow mounted water monitor, which can be used for firefighting at sea, has an on-board laboratory, full mess and galley and accommodation for 8 individuals.  She acts as mothership to Lyonesse, a 6.4m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Lyonesse has an Inboard 225hp Volvo Penta diesel engine coupled to a Hamilton jet drive and has a maximum speed of 32 knots

Cornwall also has an additional RIB Avalon, that is usually kept on a road trailer, for easy deployment anywhere around Cornwall at short notice.  Avalon can also be housed aboard Saint Piran when Lyonesse needs maintenance work to be done.

Both RIBS are self-contained little patrol vessels in their own right, which can operate for several hours away from Saint Piran or harbours.  They both carry radar, plotters communications equipment etc, to allow officers to plot and track vessels inside the District. 

Our research department operate a multihull survey vessel called Kerwin which undertakes underwater camera and acoustic surveys and also biological surveys. This work provides evidence which helps the Cornwall IFCA plan and develop better ways of managing the inshore fishery.

The Service comprises of 16 officers that specialise in enforcement, scientific research, vessel management and administration.  All technical officers are dual role and they are expected to assist in all roles.

The policy for the Authority is directed by a Committee of 21 people, who are appointed from the local Councillors (7 in number), the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) (11 in number) and an officer from three national agencies, the MMO, Natural England and the Environment Agency (3 in number).  The Committee meets a minimum of four times a year, and all its minutes, agendas and decisions are available to the public from our website.  The meetings are also held in public, so anyone may attend in person and observe the meetings.

The vision of Cornwall IFCA is that it will “lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fishery, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environment and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry”. To meet this vision Cornwall IFCA undertakes extensive direct environmental research, creates and enforces local byelaws relating to the local fisheries and enforces national and European legislation.

For more information visit www.cornwall-ifca.gov.uk