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  • 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…

  • At sea on the Brixham beamer William of Ladram

    At sea on the Brixham beamer William of Ladram

    5th May 2017

    With Plymouth photographer Tony Fitzsimmons. Full gallery of images at the bottom of this page. Above: William of Ladram punching into weather on leaving Brixham harbour astern. (Photograph courtesy of Michael Smith) As part of his ongoing commission to photograph and…

  • Ports in the Past: Mallaig harbour of yesteryear

    Ports in the Past: Mallaig harbour of yesteryear

    4th May 2017

    The West Highland harbour of Mallaig has a longstanding fishing tradition, playing a prominent role in the Scottish industry. Above: A typically busy scene at Mallaig in the late 1960s with local and visiting ring-netters landing herring in traditional wooden boxes…

  • When Lowestoft boats went to fish from Canada

    When Lowestoft boats went to fish from Canada

    28th April 2017

    There was an interesting time, way back in the early 1950s, when several drifter/trawlers and trawlers from Lowestoft were sent on the long trip to Nova Scotia to ply their trade, reports Mick Harrod. Above: Skipper William Gowen and the crew…

  • Ports in the Past – Scrabster Harbour of yesteryear

    Ports in the Past – Scrabster Harbour of yesteryear

    13th April 2017

    Located in Thurso Bay, and sheltered by Holburn Head to the northwest and Dunnet Head to the northeast, Scrabster harbour has long occupied a fairly unique position in the UK fishing industry. Its geographical location in the Pentland Firth meant…

  • 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…