Along with other Cornish fishing villages, the fishing industry in St. Ives has declined, though a small business still exists, with family fishermen fishing from small boats.
The harbour houses the lifeboat station which operates along the north coast.
Over the course of itís history the St. Ives lifeboat crew have saved over 1000 lives.
The harbour was extended in the late 19th century, the three arches in the pier were constructed to allow sand be flushed out of the harbour by the changing tides.
As the tide goes out it leaves a fine sandy beach right along the waterfront. On its return the the beach becomes a narrow strip.