Features

  • Killybegs Port Profile  – Pt 2

    Killybegs Port Profile – Pt 2

    8th March 2016

    Continuing our look at Killybegs port, with a picture portrait of this busy harbour Atlantic Challenge prepares to come alongside Killybegs’ new pier at dawn on a quiet morning. Fiona K II heads out in fresh conditions. Polyvalent trawlers berthed in…

  • Killybegs Port Profile – Pt 1

    Killybegs Port Profile – Pt 1

    7th March 2016

    KILLYBEGS LEADS THE WAY IN IRELAND Its location in one of Europe’s outstanding natural harbours, adjacent to major fishing grounds in the North Atlantic, means that Killybegs is synonymous with the fishing industry. David Linkie reports. Generations of continual re-investment…

  • Building for the future: new over 15m boats – part 1

    Building for the future: new over 15m boats – part 1

    26th February 2016

    The number of new over 15m boats currently on order is at the highest level since the millennium. In the next two years, nearly 20 new bespoke builds are scheduled to join the UK fleet. This number of new boats…

  • Socks and surfboards from waste netting

    Socks and surfboards from waste netting

    24th February 2016

    It’s such a sensible idea you have to wonder why it hasn’t been done before. Old netting, both trawl and static netting, has to be disposed of somewhere and with few other options available, much of it ends up as…

  • Fishermen buy-in to shark by-watch

    Fishermen buy-in to shark by-watch

    16th February 2016

    Designed from the outset as a bottom-up initiative, instead of the more familiar top-down approach, the second phase of the CEFAS-led Shark By-Watch UK project builds on the success of its initial research, which saw commercial fishermen gather biological data…

  • Lobster fishing on Lady K

    Lobster fishing on Lady K

    12th February 2016

    The Cyfish 33 Lady K K1 rounded Weather Ness shortly after midday and powered in towards the ferry pier at Rapness. Above: The Cyfish 33 Lady K powers into Rapness pier. Having left Pierowall harbour at 4am, skipper Heddle Costie and…

  • Fishing in Orkney: Part 3 – Westray

    Fishing in Orkney: Part 3 – Westray

    10th February 2016

    This is the third, and final, part of the Fishing News Orkney feature by David Linkie. Catch up on parts one and two if you missed them! Fishing of key importance on Westray Although less than 10 miles long and…

  • Simpsons named best in UK for fish and chips

    Simpsons named best in UK for fish and chips

    9th February 2016

    The National Fish and Chip Awards, sponsored by Seafish and widely considered the ‘Oscars’ of the fish-frying industry, attracted over 600 attendees this year to the Lancaster London Hotel on 20 January. Now in its 28th year, the prestigious ceremony…

  • Fishing in Orkney: Part 2

    Fishing in Orkney: Part 2

    5th February 2016

    Here is the second part of our three part feature on commercial fishing in Orkney by David Linkie. You can read the first part of this feature here. Lamb Holm lobster hatchery makes vital contribution to stock levels Although not…

  • Fishing in Orkney: Part 1

    Fishing in Orkney: Part 1

    3rd February 2016

    A combination of shellfish and whitefish, landed by a mixed fleet of some 60 locally-owned +9m creel boats, scallopers and trawlers, are of vital socio-economic importance to local communities on the Orkney Islands, situated some 40 miles to the north…