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  • 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…

  • 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…