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Ben Rowse

Newlyn

Image | Joe W Howard

Boat name

Nimrod TO30

Fishing Method

Potting

Ben is the skipper of the Nimrod TO30 and uses baited pots to capture crabs and lobsters, a highly selective and sustainable method. He sells his catch to the family business, The Real Cornish Crab Company and at 24 years old he is the youngest skipper in their fleet! 

Fishing runs in his family, with both his dad and grandfather being crabbers, he has been fishing since his early teens.

"I was about 12 or 13 and my dad called and asked if I wanted to go to sea on the Emma-Lousie for a few days. I was really sick for the whole trip and somehow I still wanted to do it again. After that i used to go to sea occasionally on the Dom Bosco in the school holidays."

 

From then on he continued fishing throughout his teen years before deciding that fishing was the career for him. 

"I can honestly say I love it now. There is no other job in the world I'd rather do, even on days when I get seasick!"

 

Ben shares with us what he loves most about fishing

"When you move your gear around to try out new ground and it pays off. Hauling pots full of crab and looking down at your crew smiling back at you is the best feeling!"

 

To get Ben's fresh localy and sustainably sourced shellfish head over to The Real Cornish Crab Company's website here.

Fish Caught

Lobster

Lobster

Hommarus gammarus

spider crab by Sarah McCartney

Spider Crab

Maja brachydactyla

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