50.6170° N, 3.4239° W
Exmouth, Exeter’s port
Exmouth lies a dozen miles downstream from Exeter. There has always been a strong seafaring tradition in Exmouth, although its fishing industry has gradually declined over the years with much of the activity having shifted to Brixham.
Exmouth has also changed a great deal and has seen much renovation, and today is at the heart of a busy tourist region that is studded with restaurants and bars – all of which need the fresh fish and shellfish that the area’s fishermen and fish merchants provide.
A relatively modest fleet works from Exmouth today, as a group of day boats targeting mainly crabs and lobsters on fishing grounds within a few miles of the River Exe’s estuary and which tie up in Exmouth’s marina. These include Becci of Ladram, the smallest fishing vessel in the Waterdance fleet.