Features

  • Ports in the past.

    Ports in the past.

    16th February 2019

    Buckie harbour of yesteryear Located on the south shore of the Moray Firth, Buckie harbour has a longstanding tradition of fishing. A century ago, Buckie harbour was home to a large fleet of sailing drifters. These were subsequently replaced by…

  • Mersea Island Fresh Catch – fresh and local

    Mersea Island Fresh Catch – fresh and local

    15th February 2019

    Inshore fishermen fishing from Mersea Island, located in the Blackwater and Colne estuaries southeast of Colchester, Essex, sell a lot of their small-scale catches to a loyal and growing number of local and not-so-local customers. John Worrall reports Want to…

  • Innovative ideas on customised twin-rig prawn trawler Westro

    Innovative ideas on customised twin-rig prawn trawler Westro

    8th February 2019

    Macduff Shipyards delivers third new boat to Peterhead skipper, two months ahead of schedule Peterhead skipper James West and the crew of the 21.5m twin-rig prawn trawler Westro PD 20 were expected to sail from their home port this week…

  • Memories of Reg Matthews – by Trevor Bartlett

    Memories of Reg Matthews – by Trevor Bartlett

    7th February 2019

    There have been a few people who have helped me along the way during my career within the fishing industry, but none more so than Reg Matthews, who sadly passed away on 22 January, 2019, aged 87. Reg Matthews was…

  • Summers Love

    Summers Love

    2nd February 2019

    Jim Mckerracher has a thing about Tommy Summers yawls. John Worrall reports He’s restored two, worked on a third, and now has his fourth. And this could be the most challenging of the lot. You can tell by the line…

  • Where are they now?

    Where are they now?

    31st January 2019

    Our ‘Where are they now?’ feature provides brief histories, including build details, of a varied selection of fishing vessels from years gone by. Some of these vessels continue to perform successfully today, under different names to the ones they were…

  • New entrants sharpen skillset

    New entrants sharpen skillset

    24th January 2019

    The Scottish Maritime Academy, based in Peterhead, recently piloted Knife Skills as part of the Seafish Introduction to Commercial Fishing course. Students learned about knife skills… Centre manager Linda Hope said: “Knife skills are such a crucial part of the…

  • Maritime academy builds on partnership with Sunderland Marine

    Maritime academy builds on partnership with Sunderland Marine

    24th January 2019

    Representatives from Sunderland Marine recently attended the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead to present the nautical training facility with a range of new navigational and stability equipment, including a pelorus. They also provided a range of equipment to support the…

  • Stormy start for Girl Stephanie

    Stormy start for Girl Stephanie

    18th January 2019

    Karstensens Shipyard completes second new midwater trawler for Galway family South-easterly gales with gusts up to 90 knots, as Storm Deirdre tracked rapidly across the North Sea, provided an immediate test for the new Girl Stephanie G 190, as the…