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  • 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…

  • New boat: La Creole II

    New boat: La Creole II

    15th January 2016

    South Devon crabbing skippers Paul Brown and Nick Bright, of Brown and Bright Shellfish Ltd, took delivery of their new 14.95m vivier-crabber La Creole II BM 177 earlier this month, reports David Linkie. La Creole II was built by Parkol…

  • Norfolk longshore herring – going with the flow

    Norfolk longshore herring – going with the flow

    12th January 2016

    For decades the East Anglian herring drift-net fishery was one of the mainstays of the year for UK fishermen and shore workers. Although the heady days of the renowned ‘Hame fishery’ are now consigned to history, herring still gather on…

  • Inshore Corner: Ice machine mysteries – Get it serviced!

    Inshore Corner: Ice machine mysteries – Get it serviced!

    8th January 2016

    Several years ago I purchased an ice machine, a small Ziegra unit, and have never looked back. Generally landing to restaurants, prior to having an ice supply I had no other alternative than driving to the nearest fish market (25…

  • 2015 – A year of changes, challenges and contrasts

    2015 – A year of changes, challenges and contrasts

    4th January 2016

    The saying ‘a change is as good as a rest’ generally proved to be the case over the past 12 months, when, once again, variety proved to be the spice of life. In addition to an eclectic mix of new boat…

  • 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…