• 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…

  • Landing obligation can’t work – Newlyn skipper David Stevens

    29th December 2015

    Three years of the Catch Quota Trial (CQT), documenting catches, trialling selectivity gears and reducing all quota discards to just 2%, is about to come to an end, as, while the UK, Denmark and Norway were willing to allow the necessary quota uplift to remain in place, other…

  • Boat of the Week 24.12.15 – Álsviør K 337

    Boat of the Week 24.12.15 – Álsviør K 337

    28th December 2015

    Each week we’ll be bringing you our pick of Boat of the Week taken from Fishing News. Every image has been photographed by editor David Linkie while at sea. Name: Álsviør K 337 LOA: 14.1m Built: G Smyth Boats Ltd…

  • Defending Britain: Cracking Eggs

    Defending Britain: Cracking Eggs

    24th December 2015

    In the latest of an occasional series remembering the crucially-important role fishermen immediately took on a century ago, John Worrall looks back at how mines helped change the shape of naval warfare. Britain hadn’t been keen on mines. She considered…

  • Orkney fish-themed Christmas trees

    Orkney fish-themed Christmas trees

    23rd December 2015

    Orkney Fishermen’s Association has decorated fishy-themed Christmas trees in the waiting room for the Island ferries, as part of the Kirkwall Business Improvement District (BID) scheme, reports David Linkie. Above: Fishermen’s children Casey and MaKayla Spence (Birsay Boy), Bella Spence (Sheila…

  • Fishing News Awards 2016

    22nd December 2015

    The newly reinstated Fishing News Awards presentation evening will take place in the Hilton Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen on Thursday 26 May 2016, reports David Linkie. Above: James West and Sandy McLeman receive their joint Young Skipper of the Year Award in…

  • ‘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…

  • Fraserburgh partnership orders 86.8m pelagic vessel

    18th December 2015

    Father and sons George and Michael Tait of Fraserburgh and Alex and Zander West from Gardenstown, partners in the Fraserburgh-based fishing company Mewstead LLP, signed a contract last month with Nauta Shipyard in Poland to build an 86.80m turn-key pelagic…

  • Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Newlyn

    Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Newlyn

    17th December 2015

    Situated at the south-west tip of Britain in close proximity to inshore and offshore grounds near Lands’ End, yielding a wide variety of catches, Newlyn harbour has a longstanding and proud tradition of being a prominent fishing port. Newlyn today…

  • 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…