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Episode 2 of 6

Season 1

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Competition is fierce as the ring-netters of Newlyn go on the hunt for sardines. Also known as pilchards, they were once a staple of the Cornish fishing industry, caught using drift nets by the tens-of-thousands, then packed in salt and sent to Italy.

But demand waned and the drift net fishery, once the mainstay of the Cornish fleet, faded away in the 1960s.

In recent years, the humble pilchard has been rebranded as the Cornish sardine, and the hundreds of drift netters have been replaced by just 15 hi-tech ring-netters - and the sardine is once more a highly-prized and lucrative catch.

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On BBC Two
24/01/2020 at 01:15

On BBC Two
14/01/2020 at 20:00