Features

  • Is the end in sight for Excellent?

    Is the end in sight for Excellent?

    14th February 2017

    Following her sinking in Newlyn harbour in mid-December, it seems as if the veteran Newlyn trawler Excellent could be nearing the end of her days unless an enthusiastic individual or group with the skills and funds to renovate her can…

  • At sea on the Newlyn netter Joy of Ladram

    At sea on the Newlyn netter Joy of Ladram

    3rd February 2017

    … with Plymouth photographer Tony Fitzsimmons. As part of his ongoing commission to photograph and document the fishing activity of boats working out of Brixham and Newlyn – for a local company’s website (greendalefarmshop.co.uk), head office and farm shop –…

  • Out and about in Shetland

    Out and about in Shetland

    30th January 2017

    The following selection of recent photographs encompasses the high degree of diversity that is one of the main characteristics of fishing in Shetland.

  • The Wash fishery – shrinking pains?

    The Wash fishery – shrinking pains?

    22nd January 2017

    *Gallery of images on page 3 Nearly six years on from the establishment of the 10 Inshore Fishing and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs), the regulatory regime for inshore fisheries around England is tightening to a metaphorical soundtrack of muffled anguish and…

  • Squid diaries – part 5

    Squid diaries – part 5

    19th January 2017

    Phil Lockley cautions: “This will cost you!” Above: Have those jigs ‘caught’ me, or is that the range of gear I need? Through two years of lost fishing time (from arthritis), a recent replacement knee means that I am now ‘titanium-rich’…

  • Ports in the Past: Ullapool of yesteryear

    Ports in the Past: Ullapool of yesteryear

    5th January 2017

    For more than 20 years, the Scottish west coast port of Ullapool was one of the busiest landing centres in the UK on a seasonal basis. Ullapool’s rise to prominence coincided with the growth of mackerel fishing, when a large…

  • Squid diaries – part 4

    Squid diaries – part 4

    30th December 2016

    Phil Lockley asks: “What have top-up cards got to do with squidding?” Regarding the layout and style of my squid gear, each year I have a new idea. Some go right and some are a complete flop. And the same…

  • Isle of Man king scallop fishery in focus – P2

    Isle of Man king scallop fishery in focus – P2

    21st December 2016

    A second selection of photographs taken by Darren Purves, depicting action from the Isle of Man king scallop fishery last month. Since the start of the season on 1 November, local and visiting skippers and crews have regularly had to…

  • Squid diaries – part 3

    Squid diaries – part 3

    21st December 2016

    Phil Lockley recalls mistakes-a-plenty. I hope that hints given here may shorten your learning curve; either on technique or from using the wrong gear. On many days I have lost money by making unnecessary mistakes. Buying ‘cheap’ gear is the…