A new organisation has been set up to support the local seafood industry, thanks to a funding package of more than £500,000.

It will be led by former Conservative MP for St Ives and Helston, David Harris, who lives near Perranwell.

Called Seafood Cornwall, it will work with local individuals and businesses, including those in Falmouth and Penryn, and around The Lizard, to develop and enhance the competitive performance, quality practices, and global position of the Cornish seafood industry.

"The seafood industry is an important sector of the Cornish economy. In fact research suggests that there are at least 1,600 jobs reliant on the fishing industry in the area," said Paul Trebilcock, spokesman for Seafood Cornwall.

Over the next three years, Seafood Cornwall will carry out a number of programmes to support the local industry.

The Mr Harris, a well known and respected advocate for the fishing industry, is leading an interim management committee to take the initiative forward as a co-operative.

For further media information contact Anne Kennedy on 0131 524 8658 (a_kennedy@seafish.co.uk)