Features

  • At sea on the Newlyn netter Govenek of Ladram PZ 51

    At sea on the Newlyn netter Govenek of Ladram PZ 51

    2nd August 2017

    With Plymouth photographer Tony Fitzsimmons. In the last of his commission by Waterdance to photograph and document the fishing activity of boats working out of Brixham and Newlyn for a local company’s website (greendalefarmshop.co.uk), photographer Tony Fitzsimmons captures the action…

  • Shellfish catches lead the way for Yorkshire harbours

    Shellfish catches lead the way for Yorkshire harbours

    29th July 2017

    This mainly pictorial feature, using a selection of photographs taken in a 36-hour period last month, gives an insight into fishing activity at Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby. David Linkie reports. Above: Potting boats berthed along the fishmarket quay at Whitby. With…

  • Mevagissey ‘Toshers’ race

    Mevagissey ‘Toshers’ race

    21st July 2017

    Mevagissey’s annual ‘Tosher’s Race’ around the bay kicked off the south Cornwall village’s annual Feast Week celebrations (25 June), reports Martin Johns. Above: A colourful scene during the Mevagissey Trawler Race as Demelza, Provider and Diligence do battle. The race takes…

  • Feature: Bellerophon II

    Feature: Bellerophon II

    13th July 2017

    New 7m netter for Looe from Kilkeel boat yard. Looe skipper Robert Chapman recently took delivery of a new 7m GRP netter built in Kilkeel, Co Down by G Smyth Boats, reports Martin Johns. Above: Bellerophon leaving Kilkeel harbour for engine…

  • Highs and lows in east coast cockles

    Highs and lows in east coast cockles

    4th July 2017

    It’s the cockle season again in the two main east coast cockle fisheries, and it’s pretty much business as usual, in structure if not volume, reports John Worrall. Above: Wash cockles are adjudged adult at 14mm. In the Thames, it is…

  • Brixham Trawler Race 2017

    Brixham Trawler Race 2017

    27th June 2017

    Summer heatwave for UK’s biggest trawler race in Brixham. A rare but very welcome heatwave conveniently descended on Devon in time for Saturday’s 55th annual Brixham Trawler Race, traditionally held on the third Saturday in June, reports Martin Johns. Above: Margaret…

  • New Pathway PD 165 starts on maatjes herring

    New Pathway PD 165 starts on maatjes herring

    23rd June 2017

    Karstensens Shipyard delivers second pelagic vessel to Peterhead. Skipper Georgie Buchan, and the crew of the new pelagic vessel Pathway PD 165, started fishing maatjes herring in the North Sea within a week of berthing the dual-purpose 78.75m midwater trawler/purse…

  • Vibrant Brixham powers ahead for Trawler Race weekend

    Vibrant Brixham powers ahead for Trawler Race weekend

    16th June 2017

    Everyone connected with Brixham is approaching the traditional Trawler Race this weekend on the crest of a wave, as all sectors of the local industry at the UK’s leading port continue to benefit from the welcome combination of healthy stocks…

  • Business as usual as Peterhead builds for the future

    Business as usual as Peterhead builds for the future

    7th June 2017

    The first sections of steelwork for the new whitefish landing hub were erected towards the end of last month, as the extensive building, which this time next year will house a state-of-the-art 9,500-box fishmarket, quickly takes shape. Above: Loading a hopper…

  • Inshore fishing at Lulworth Cove

    Inshore fishing at Lulworth Cove

    3rd June 2017

    Family traditions survive as times get harder. John Periam reports from the Lulworth Cove in Dorset, where inshore fishing has been a way of life for generations of fishermen. he author John Seymour, in his book ‘The Companion Guide to…