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  • 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…

  • Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Brixham

    Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Brixham

    28th January 2016

    Martin Johns looks back on former fishmarkets at Brixham. Situated on the South Devon coast, in close proximity to Berry Head, Brixham has long been a key fishmarket of both local and national importance. Today, as one of the main…

  • New whitefish trawler for Westray

    27th January 2016

    Westray skipper Tommy Tulloch is scheduled to take delivery of a new 28m single-rig whitefish trawler in September 2017. To be built by Vestværftet ApS at Hvide Sande, Denmark, skipper Tommy Tulloch’s new command will be the first new whitefish…

  • 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…

  • Oil prices fall to their lowest level for 12 years

    26th January 2016

    Fuel, the one common dominator across the UK fleet, continued to drop in price the week before last when Brent crude oil, used as an international benchmark, sold at under $30 per barrel for the first time since 2004, reports David…

  • RNLI reveals the tragic impact of deck machinery in its latest campaign

    RNLI reveals the tragic impact of deck machinery in its latest campaign

    25th January 2016

    The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has launched a campaign to keep commercial fishermen safe, with figures showing that 88 people were injured or killed in deck machinery incidents on fishing vessels in UK waters over the past five years. As well as encouraging skippers and vessel owners…

  • Second fish auction for Lowestoft

    25th January 2016

    Lowestoft skipper Steve Wightman has started a second auction at the East Anglia port, reports Mick Harrod. Steve Wightman is a third-generation fisherman, and skippers the family-owned inshore boat Georgie Girl LT 1042, predominantly long-lining from Lowestoft. Steve said that…

  • 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…

  • Where are they now? Newlyn’s grand old ladies

    Where are they now? Newlyn’s grand old ladies

    21st January 2016

    ELIZABETH ANN WEBSTER – ELIZABETH CAROLINE – MARIE CLAIRE Like so many other fishing boats of their immediate post-war generation, these three boats originated from the Ministry of Defence. A large number of wooden boats were built by the Admiralty,…

  • 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…