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  • New boat: Western Viking

    New boat: Western Viking

    30th December 2015

    Co Donegal skipper Enda Doherty and the crew of the new Killybegs midwater trawler Western Viking SO 718 quickly started to prove the fishing credentials of the 56.5m vessel, built to an in-house design by Karstensens Shipyard at Skagen, Denmark, reports…

  • ‘Welsh Seafood Cluster’ visits centres of fish excellence in London

    ‘Welsh Seafood Cluster’ visits centres of fish excellence in London

    21st December 2015

    As part of a Welsh Government-supported initiative to help Welsh fisheries businesses overcome barriers to growth, 12 fishermen headed to London in November to see, fillet and taste the best fish that London has to offer, reports Katherine Weir. The newly-formed…

  • Lerwick Harbour in focus

    Lerwick Harbour in focus

    16th December 2015

    Strategically located at the heart of Europe’s richest fishing grounds, Lerwick is the second busiest fishing port in Britain. In 2014, 69,973t of fish, with a value of £61.2m, were landed at Lerwick. Above: Stormbound – the Norwegian 80m pelagic…

  • Spotlight on bass

    Spotlight on bass

    24th November 2015

    Marine conservation group Blue Marine hosted a workshop in London earlier this month to try to form an action plan for EU bass management, reports Tim Oliver. Above: Representatives from a wide range of organisations and interests attended the bass workshop. Blue…

  • Static gear losses cannot be sustained

    Static gear losses cannot be sustained

    20th November 2015

    Doing nothing is no longer an option, gear conflict issues need to be addressed with the upmost urgency. After enduring 15 years of substantial static gear losses, Ian Mathieson, skipper/owner of the Stonehaven-based creel boat Dalwhinnie A 913, a Cleopatra…

  • At sea on the Brixham beam-scalloper Emily Rose…

    At sea on the Brixham beam-scalloper Emily Rose…

    6th November 2015

    …with Plymouth photographer Tony Fitzsimmons For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the sea. Growing up in the Midlands, my only real association with the sea was yearly holidays in Anglesey, and scaring myself silly…

  • Polruan boatyard, C Toms & Son Ltd,  seeks ‘new builds’

    Polruan boatyard, C Toms & Son Ltd, seeks ‘new builds’

    16th September 2015

    Picture above: A typically busy scene at Toms boatyard in Polruan, with the Newlyn netter Ocean Pride on the main slip for a full repaint and shaft repair, and the yard’s latest build Our Dylan Ben, for North Devon skipper Scott Wharton.…

  • Work with Europe, but don’t be ruled by Europe

    Work with Europe, but don’t be ruled by Europe

    15th September 2015

    Picture above – Faith and Kathleen berthed outside Hope, ready to be named after being built by C Toms and Son Ltd at Polruan in 2003. Britain should work along with Europe but not be ruled by Europe, advises vessel…

  • Book: Herring Tales by Donald S. Murray

    Book: Herring Tales by Donald S. Murray

    3rd September 2015

    Bloomsbury Natural History presents Herring Tales, blending together politics, science, history, religious and commercial life in a celebration of the humble herring, which has done so much to shape both human taste and history. Following a journey from the western edge…