Boat building in particular proved to be a valuable trade providing boats not just for St. Ives fishermen but for others scattered around the various ports in Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Ireland and east coast ports like Lowestoft.
Such was the admiration of the craftsmanship of St. Ives boat builders, their techniques were copied by counterparts in the UK.
As large numbers of herring began landing in St. Ives a whole new curing industry being established, largely for making kippers.
Rouncefields went into business in 1894 and other smoke houses soon followed. This opened the way for further employment particularly for Scotch girls who were recruited to prepare fish for curing.
Coopers sprang up as the demand for exporting pilchards flourished along with essential net making factories, sail makers.
Special trains to transport fish out of Cornwall after the railway arrived in St. Ives in 1859. On occasions some fish could not be carried because of the huge quantity that arrived at the railway station.