Features

  • 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…

  • Where are they now? Fishing vessels from years gone by

    Where are they now? Fishing vessels from years gone by

    1st June 2017

    Our ‘Where are they now?’ feature provides brief histories, including build details, of a varied selection of fishing vessels from years gone by. Some of these vessels continue to perform successfully today, under different names to the ones they were…

  • New boat: Soph-Ash-Jay-2

    New boat: Soph-Ash-Jay-2

    22nd May 2017

    Gyro-stabilised Cleopatra Fisherman 40 for Burnmouth. Burnmouth owners John and Nicola Affleck achieved a notable hat-trick earlier this month by taking  delivery of their third new Cleopatra Fisherman named after their daughters Sophie, Ashleigh and Jayda,  from the renowned Icelandic…

  • Sam of Ladram joins Waterdance fleet at Brixham

    Sam of Ladram joins Waterdance fleet at Brixham

    11th May 2017

    Skipper Jon Joule and the crew of the 24m beam trawler Sam of Ladram BM 188, the latest addition to the Brixham fleet, landed their first trip into the south Devon port recently on completion of a £1.1m refit in…