Fish Haulage

BTA Fish Haulage and Pick Up Service

There are many fishermen operating in small boats plying their trade in harbours across the South and South West coasts who face problems when selling their catch as there are no local fish auctions.

To help resolve this issue and ensure a competitive price for the fish landed, BTA offers a refrigerated fish haulage service which includes numerous pick-ups throughout the South and South West. The lorry brings the local catch back to Brixham to be sold on the Brixham Fish Market auction the following day.

This makes it easier for small boat operators to sell their catch quickly and get a better price for their fish. The pick-ups are listed below.

For more information please contact Mathew Bailey, or Luke Netherton,



Fish from Hastings, Rye, Colchester, Eastbourne. Newhaven, Ramsgate and surrounding area can be left in the fridge provided at Hastings. Access to the fridge at Hastings is available 24 hours a day. The lorry will collect 3 times a week. There is a charge of 2% for the use of this facility.


We collect from the slipway 3 times a week according to amounts, normally arriving around midday. Boats from Warsash, Portsmouth, Gosport will meet the lorry at the slipway. Please note that if there are only small amounts the lorry will terminate at Avon Heath picnic area.


The lorry will always collect at Avon Heath picnic area 3 times a week for any amounts, however small.


The lorry will collect from Mudeford if amounts are too much for delivery to Avon Heath.


This is a small collection point for any boats from Poole.


Collection on request and by arrangement


We have a store at Ferrybridge where boats can leave their fish 24 hours a day. Ice is also available at the store. The cost for storage is 25p per kilo. Collections are also made direct from WEYMOUTH and PORTLAND from Ferrybridge.


We collect from Swansea Harbour on Mondays and Thursdays.


Due to weight limits we can only collect 900 Kgs of fish each time we visit and booking must be made in advance.


Collecting on a Monday and Thursday.


Please call to arrange a collection (24 hours in advance).


Daily collections are made from Newlyn by arrangement.


Daily collections are made from Plymouth by arrangement.

Booking Options

If you would like to use our fish haulage service and have your fish collected, this can be arranged by speaking to the driver of the regular round-robin service, or by directly booking an individual pick-up in advance. Additionally, BTA can also arrange a pick up service for larger beam trawlers who may have landed their catch in other ports e.g. Newlyn, Milford Haven, and Liverpool, and who might prefer their catch to be sold at the Brixham auction.

A service is also available to collect the catch from the hake boats down in the port of Newlyn.

Continued Investment in our Transport System

BTA have recently made a number of investments to improve the haulage and transport services we offer our customers.

A new 26 ton refrigerated lorry has just been acquired to continue to meet the needs of our growing collection service. The lorry is small enough to be able to navigate around the confines of the smaller ports but large enough to meet the needs of larger beam trawlers.


Reducing our Carbon Footprint

In addition, BTA has taken delivery of four new LPG operated, zero emission, forklift trucks to support the two electric pallets used on the fish market floor as part of our strategy to reduce our carbon footprint.

"Our members have the highest regard for BTA operations, putting quality of product over volume. Landing their catch after quite short voyages helps ensure the quality of fish on the Brixham market is the best possible."

- Jim Portus, Chairman SWFPO

Brixham Fish Market - Trawler Agents
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