Fishy fun in Ilfracombe

It is hoped a new Fish Trail will net more interest as locals and visitors alike discover the harbour area.

A new fish trail in Ilfracombe has been created to help people discover more about life and activities around the harbour.

The joint project, between North Devon Council and Ilfracombe and District Tourism Association, has seen eight information boards dotted around the area.

They offer explanation on the local the fishing industry, beach conservation and points of interest around the harbour. They also contain fun facts and activities for children to do.

Harbour Master Rob Lawson came up with the idea: “There’s so much to see, do and learn about our beautiful harbour, even though some of our visitors might not have been aware,” he said.

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“I hope this fish trail will help to answer many of their questions and entertain and inform them along the way.”

The Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) also helped to fund the project, part financed by the European Fisheries Fund

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“We are pleased to have been able to support this project, which shows people that we still have a small but viable fishing fleet working out of Ilfracombe,” said FLAG chairman Steve Pitcher.

“The more people appreciate the fish catch that is landed locally the better for us all.”

John Brown, chairman of the IDTA said this was another informative project which complemented their other interpretation boards on the route of the South West Coastal Path.

There are also two leaflets, one aimed at adults, the other at children, which can be used as an accompaniment to the trails. These are available from the Tourist Information Centre at the Landmark and Ilfracombe Aquarium.

They can also be downloaded from where more information can be found about the fish trail and other activities.

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