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Administrative Port: Brixham
County: Devon
Population: 16693

Brixham is a small but busy fishing town in the county of Devon, England. Fishing and tourism are its major industries. In the Middle Ages, Brixham was the largest fishing port in the south west of England. Known as the 'Mother of Deep-Sea Fisheries', its boats helped to establish the fishing industries of Hull, Grimsby and Lowestoft. In the 1890s, there were about 300 trawling vessels in Brixham, most individually owned. The trawlers can still be seen coming in and out of the harbour today, with Brixham being one of Britain’s busiest ports.[1]

Images of Brixham
Video: British Pathé - Brixham Fishing 1967

Background information
Fishing Fleet Vessel type 1 67
Fishing Fleet Vessel type 2 51
Fishing Fleet Vessel type 3
Fishing Fleet Vessels total 118 [2]
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Demersal (tonnes) 4803
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Pelagic (tonnes) 2987
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Shellfish (tonnes) 7809
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Main species (tonnes)
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) All species (tonnes) 15600 [3]
Landings Values Demersal 12450000£
Landings Values Pelagic 829000£
Landings Values Shellfish 13699000£
Landings Values All species 26978000£ [3]
Landings Number of fishermen Number of fishermen (Regular) 396
Landings Number of fishermen Number of fishermen (Part-time) 130
Landings Number of fishermen Number of fishermen Total 526 [3]
Landings Major fish species -lemon sole (Microstomus kitt)

-anglers (Lophius piscatorius)
-sole (Solea solea)
-sprats (Sprattus sprattus)
-cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)
-scallops (Pecten maximus) [4]

Landings Landing points
Landings Location of auctions Brixham Fish Market, New Fish Quay, Brixham
Governance and organisation Governance

- Marine Management Organisation (MMO), New Fish Quay, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8AW
-Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), Old Foundry Court, 60A Fore Street, Brixham, TQ5 8DZ

Governance and organisation FLAG
Governance and organisation Location of fishermen's organisations The Fishermen's Mission, 50 Overgang Rd, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8AR
Branding Brand labels
Fish as food Fish selling -Fish shop on quay David Walker and Son, Unit B, The New Fish Market, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8AW

-Fishmonger Stefan's Quality Fishmongers, 6 Middle St, Town Centre, Brixham TQ5 8ER

Fish as food Fish processing Robert's Fisheries Ltd, Unit C, New Fish Quay, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8AW
Fish as food Restaurants/hotels Crab Quay House, Brixham Fish Market, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8AJ
Tourism & Education Tourism & Fishing Fishing Trips Kelly's Hero Charters, 11 Coniston Close, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0RA
Tourism & Education Festivals -FishStock


Tourism & Education Fishing museums Brixham Heritage Museum, The Old Police Station, New Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8LZ
Tourism & Education Aquariums Brixham Aquarium, 12 The Quay, Brixham, Devon - TQ5 8AW
Tourism & Education Monuments Proposed monument
Tourism&Education Fishing training School Torbay Sea School, Brixham Marina, Brixham, TQ5 9BW

Vessel type 1: <10 m vessels
Vessel type 2: >10 m vessels