Take A Look
Behind The Scenes
Early risers won’t want to miss the opportunity to get a fascinating insight into behind the scenes operations at England’s largest fish market.
You will witness the daily fish auction, rub shoulders with up to 40 different species of fish, get an insight into how this fascinating process works, gain an understanding of what’s involved in getting the fish from sea to plate, learn about trawlers, and finish off the morning with a delicious fish breakfast at Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish restaurant, situated right next door.
You can book a fantastic tour throughout the holiday period by visiting the English Riviera website. The tours are very popular and with only 25 people on each session we recommend that you book well in advance.
Please be aware that we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or children under the age of 14.
“University of Plymouth’s Ocean Science and Marine Conservation students were given a fantastic tour of Brixham Fish Market. We had the opportunity to explore all the species of fish, watch the auctions, and learn how the boats work.
Thank you for having us and I am already looking forward to bringing next year’s students.”
Lecturer in Marine Conservation, University of Plymouth
Main Auction Area
You will start off in the main auction area where the prime fish landed by the beam trawler fleet is sold. You will be given an explanation of how the fish are sorted and graded, how the grading machine works, and information regarding traceability of the catch.
Quality of Catch
Moving on from the graders your tour guide will explain how the quality of the catch impacts on the price and the processes BTA have put in place to ensure quality is maintained.
Information regarding the species, quantity and price of fish is displayed on labels on the fish boxes, and your guide will explain how this is helpful for fish buyers as they decide what fish to purchase.
Exploring the Fish Market
You’ll then have an opportunity to explore the fish market, walk around and see the different species up close, take photographs and ask more questions. Just make sure you don’t get to close to the claws of some of the larger crabs!
The next stage will be moving into the day boat market where you can view the clock auction as it takes place on screen and to see the differences in the type of fish landed and available to buy on the market.