The Fal Fishery Cooperative CIC is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, but it also has to build itself towards being a fair employer and sustainable habitat manager for the years, decades and centuries to come.
The Fal Fishery Cooperative’s first project is Saving Ester, the Cornish Oyster. The project is aiming to hatch and release 1,000,000 Cornish Native Oysters into the Fal Estuary. To date they have launched an online crowdfunding page, to kick start the project in 2020.
Historically, about 100 years ago, some 200 sail and oar vessels landed 800 tonnes from the same 1100 hectares that is now managed under the Fal Fishery Regulatory Order 2016. Stocks have recovered and maybe the offspring’s have become more resilient, but in the past few decades landings have peaked at about 100 tonnes between a few dozen or so vessels seen fishing on a daily basis.