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David Warwick

Mevagissey

David Warwick

Image | Matt Slater

Boat name

Valhalla

Fishing Method

Demersal Trawl

David Warwick fishes from the Cornish port of Mevagissey. He is a third generation fisherman who hopes that his sons will be able to follow in his footsteps, just as he did in those of his Father and Grandfather.

His boat the Valhalla is a 12m long stern trawler made in the Orkney Isles. The demersal trawl that Dave uses has a larger mesh size than required. This allows undersized fish a better chance of escape. He has improved the selectivity of his fishing by avoiding fishing at night when he finds he catches too much haddock.  Like all Cornish trawlers he lands an astonishing variety of different types of fish. 

David sells his fish at fish markets across the south west.

The Valhalla arriving at Newlyn to land her catch, Photo Laurence Hartwell ©

Fish Caught

bass

Bass, Seabass

Dicentrarchus labrax

Blonde Ray

Blonde Ray

Raja brachyura

Brill by Marc Dando

Brill

Scophthalmus rhombus

Cod by Sarah McCartney

Cod

Gadus morhua

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

Sepia officinalis

Dab by Marc Dando

Dab

Limanda limada

Haddock

Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Hake by Sarah McCartney

Hake

Merluccius merluccius

John Dory

John Dory

Zeus faber

lemon sole

Lemon sole

Microstomus kitt

Lesser spotted dogfish

Lesser spotted dogfish

Scyliorhinus caniculata

Ling

Ling

Molva molva

Megrim

Megrim

Lepidirhombus whiffogonia

Monkfish

Monkfish

Lophius piscatorius and L. budegassa

Plaice

Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Pollack by Sarah McCartney

Pollack

Pollachius pollachius

Red Gurnard by Sarah McCartney

Red Gurnard

Aspitrigla cuculus

Striped red mullet

Red mullet

Mullus surmuletus

Sandy ray

Sandy Ray

Leucoraja circularis

Starry Smoothound by Marc Dando

Smoothhound

Mustelus asterias and Mustelus mustelus

Spotted ray by Marc Dando

Spotted Ray

Raja montagui

Thornback ray

Raja clavata

Turbot

Turbot

Psetta maximus

Whiting by Marc Dando

Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

Witch by Marc Dando

Witch

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

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