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The Fisherman’s Apprentice with Monty Halls

BBC Two

Marine biologist Monty Halls sets out to live and work as a traditional Cornish fisherman.

Cadgwith on the south coast of Cornwall is one of the last traditional fishing coves in the UK. Small boats are launched off the beach as they have been since Medieval times.

Marine biologist Monty Halls travels down to Cadgwith to live and work as a fisherman, to find out what’s really involved in getting seafood onto our plates.

He soon experiences the harsh realities of the most dangerous job in the UK; he needs to keep his wits about him if he is to work safely at sea.

As his apprenticeship continues, he learns more about the situation facing our traditional fishing fleet. Though they have a limited impact on the environment, financial pressures are driving more and more out of business. Monty wants to find out if anything can be done to help them.