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  • 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…

  • The Isle of Man king scallop fishery in focus – P1

    The Isle of Man king scallop fishery in focus – P1

    12th December 2016

    Within a few hours of the seasonal Isle of Man king scallop season opening at the beginning of last month, almost inevitably weather conditions in the middle of the Irish Sea deteriorated to provide challenging conditions for crews. The traditional…

  • Encouraging outlook for Irish Sea Nephrops fishery

    Encouraging outlook for Irish Sea Nephrops fishery

    5th December 2016

    The Irish Sea prawn fishery is showing encouraging present and future signs. Above: The Kilkeel inshore prawn trawlers Jack the Lad and Children’s Hope in Eyemouth last month. Following above-average fishing on the traditional prawn grounds on the western side of…

  • Mersea oyster-dredging match: staying native

    Mersea oyster-dredging match: staying native

    27th October 2016

    Essex oysters were once all about Ostrea edulis, the native flat oyster found in huge quantities in the creeks of that serrated coast where the water quality and nutrient levels were just right, reports John Worrall Above: Gracie found millpond…

  • Commercial fishing in Hastings

    Commercial fishing in Hastings

    18th October 2016

    Located on the south coast of Sussex, Hastings is home to the UK’s largest beach-launched fleet and fishing community, reports John Periam Above: Stan Pepper and Robert Ball working on their nets at Hastings – this always attracts a lot of interest…

  • Mid-season lull for South Devon’s crab fishermen

    Mid-season lull for South Devon’s crab fishermen

    13th October 2016

    The two South Devon ports of Dartmouth and Salcombe host the region’s leading shellfish fleet, landing predominantly brown crab, much of which is caught on the rich grounds within six miles of the coast, reports Martin Johns Above: Alan Steer of Superb-Us…

  • Squid diaries – part 1

    Squid diaries – part 1

    12th October 2016

    In the first of a new six-part series, Phil Lockley recalls how he became addicted to squid. Thoughts of a good squid season may tempt more inshore fishermen to try a fishery that either drives you mad or converts you…

  • Sole of Discretion

    Sole of Discretion

    12th August 2016

    Fixed prices with Plymouth’s ethical fish business An ethical fishmonger business has been set up in Plymouth by Caroline Bennett who 20 years ago established London’s first rotating sushi restaurant – which is still going strong. In establishing Sole of…