‘Mary D' the first boat in North Cornwall to be a credited to the
responsible fishing scheme.
Port Isaac is fortunate to have a thriving fishing industry, the main catch is Crab and Lobster using lobster pots, these are left out at sea and marked by a bouy and flag, each fisherman has his own coloured flag and favourite spots to place his pots.
In 2003 Calum made the ethical decission to work a single handed slow boat to reduce his carbon footprint and the number of lobster pots in the water, even though the trend at the time was for bigger faster boats. Calum is a member of the Handline Association and catches Pollack, Mackerel and Bass, which you can buy at his shop: Fresh from the Sea.
The future of the fishing industry is always a concern and like many other fishermen Calum tries to promote conservation of fish
stocks. He has worked closely with the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow since it opened and regularly supplies them with female lobsters carrying eggs (known as Berried Hens in the trade). The Hatchery nurtures the female lobsters until the eggs are hatched and then in a series of fasinating stages they grow the baby lobsters until they are big enough to be released into the sea (often by Calum), hopefully this will promote Lobster stocks and secure the fishery for future generations of Port Isaac Fishermen.
In 2010 Calum and his partner Tracey opened and fresh fish shop selling crabs, lobsters bass mackeral and pollack, Fresh from the Sea to give everyone the chance to sample Calum's catch and that of other local fishing boats who equally believe in ethical and sustainable fishing.