David Muirhead MBE

Posted on 25th February 2021

It is with great sadness that we heard yesterday (24/02/21) of the passing of David Muirhead, one of the longest serving members of both Cornwall IFCA and the former Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee (SFC).

David was the Vice Chairman and then Chairman of Cornwall SFC for many years and brought to the roles his extensive knowledge of inshore fishing, as well as his warmth, humour and his undeniable love of fishing and of Cornwall.

He gave his time tirelessly to advocate on behalf of Cornish fishermen and the fishing industry in general and was an active member of countless organisations relating to fishing, most notably the South West Handline Fishermen’s Association which he helped to establish. At a national level, he also served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Association of Sea Fisheries Committees, providing input to numerous Parliamentary committees and directly to Fisheries Ministers, always with his unique combination of knowledge, tact and personal anecdotes drawn from a richly lived life as a fisherman and a Cornishman.

 He will be greatly missed by our officers and members of our Authority and by all those who were lucky enough to know him, across Cornwall and beyond.

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