Features

  • 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…

  • New boat: Audacious DA 14

    New boat: Audacious DA 14

    29th January 2016

    Mooney Boats complete Danish-designed 25.6m twin-rig prawn freezer trawler for Clogherhead. The custom-designed 25.6m multi-rig prawn freezer trawler Audacious DA 14 berthed at her home port of Clogherhead on 22 December, after being completed ahead of schedule for brothers David and…

  • Book: The Naked Shore of the North Sea by Tom Blass

    Book: The Naked Shore of the North Sea by Tom Blass

    26th January 2016

    As well as news, features and nostalgia about the commercial fishing industry, we also like to let you know about great new books that could be of interest. Enjoy this extract from Tom Blass’ The Naked Shore of the North…

  • William of Ladram latest addition to Brixham beamer fleet

    William of Ladram latest addition to Brixham beamer fleet

    22nd January 2016

    The latest addition to the Brixham fleet, William of Ladram E 33, started fishing from the South Devon port last month. Now owned by Waterdance, the beam trawler is skippered by Jake Grantham, who was putting the finishing touches to…

  • Action from the Moray Firth Squid Fishery

    Action from the Moray Firth Squid Fishery

    20th January 2016

    The following selection of photographs taken by David Linkie illustrate some of the action characteristic of the Moray Firth squid fishery. Above: Squid swing aboard Ocean Trust. Golden Sceptre and Ocean Reward IV towing as the harvest ripens in the…