Newquay harbour is home to a fishing fleet of about 20 boats, ranging from 5 metres up to 10 metres in length.
The larger boats fish for lobsters and brown crabs, using pots. The shellfish fleet is the largest on the North coast of Cornwall, with annual landings in excess of 400 tonnes. When not using pots, the fleet uses nets to catch prime species such as turbot and monkfish, as well as other white fish including pollack and ray.
The smaller boats engage in handline fishing for mackerel and pollock.
The fish is landed daily and iced before being sent either to auction or to one of the local processors and wholesalers.