The key issues and opportunities facing the inshore fishers of Cornwall are summarised in the SWOT table


Diversity of fish species caught

The number of inshore fishing boats

A significant tourism spend on food

Active fishing harbours as a critical tourist draw

Established export markets

‘Cornwall’ as a strong regional identity brand.


Quota availability and fish stocks

Seasonality of the tourist trade

Bad weather prevents small boats going fishing

Succession issues

Costs of boats, licences, quotas, etc.

Problems securing loans


Newlyn harbour development

Recovery of fish stocks/more quota allocated

Growing consumer awareness

Developing markets/demand

Working together for sustainability in Cornwall

Brexit and the Common Fisheries Policy?


Increasing costs and stagnant prices

Ever more stringent quota allocations

An increase in regulation (e.g. Marine Protected Areas, discards, latent capacity)

A lack of skills and new blood

Increasingly intense weather patterns

Brexit and the Common Fisheries Policy?

Key issues and opportunities faced by dairy farmers in the UK


Good agro-ecological conditions (high quality grass/grazing)

Well established dairy tradition and expertise/knowledge in the county

Key dairy co-operatives and processors in close proximity

Dairy farming is part of the county’s identity


Price volatility and increased exposure to markets

Poor milk price (for some) does not match cost of production

High input costs

Farm succession and ageing farmer profile

Entry to the industry is difficult due to high costs/land availability


Attempts to establish new producer organisations (eg. Dairy Crest Direct)

Greater flexibility with abolition of milk quota

Futures markets for milk/dairy products

Brexit and the Common Agricultural Policy?


Continued oversupply of liquid milk

Price volatility and exposure to global milk price markets

Lack of access to milk contracts

Climate change (increased pressures to reduce impact from dairy)

Brexit and the Common Agricultural Policy?