It's a industry that is worth millions to our economy and has sustained our population for centuries. But modernisation of techniques, and directives from Europe, mean the face of fishing has changed significantly over recent years.
This week there are not one but two Maritime Festivals in the Westcountry, celebrating the impact the sea has on our region. The Maritime City Festival is taking place in Plymouth and this weekend sees Newquay's festival of fish.
But how has the fishing industry changed to meet demand? Jacquie Bird reports.