BRIXHAM is the top port in the country, according to a recently published report.
UK vessels landed £27million of fish into Brixham in 2012 – the highest total catch value of all ports in England.
The figure has been published in the Marine Management Organisation's annual UK fishing industry report.
The report, entitled UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2012, includes detailed figures on the UK fishing fleet, the number of fishermen, the quantity and value of landings, international trade and the state of key fishing stocks.
The report shows that overall, the quantity of fish has increased by five per cent while the value has decreased by seven per cent compared with 2011.
Plymouth was named the busiest fishing port in England in terms of the volume of fish landed by UK vessels.
Brixham receives much greater proportions of demersal fish and shellfish, which typically sell at higher prices per tonne than pelagic species, which constitute the majority of landings into Plymouth.
Jim Portus, chief executive of the South Western Fish Producer Organisation, said the figures in the report were cause for celebration.
He said: "It's important for the confidence of the community and feeling of well-being in the face of pretty gloomy trends elsewhere. We can all feel good about Brixham and South Devon building its future on a firm foundation."
He said Plymouth has a good fish market but the fishermen that have come to South Devon from other regions have tended to use Brixham because of its reputation.
Mr Portus continued: "Landings in Brixham by the fishing fleet and visiting fishing vessels have increased year on year for about five years. It's no surprise that coincides with the new fish market and better marketing of fish by Brixham Trawler Agents.
"Over the years we've been faced with reductions in the amount of fish through the Common Fisheries Policy and the fish quota system, so the industry said we've got to get a better price for it and that's been happening.
"The fishing industry in Brixham has been getting more pounds per kilo of fish and with the emphasis on quality we've had more people coming to the port and talking about the fish.
"The figures for this year, for the time of year, are exceeding last year's figures, so we are still on a roll. It's all good news."
The full report is available online here: www.marinemanagement.org.uk/fisheries/statistics/annual.htm