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  • Fishing News Awards 2020

    Fishing News Awards 2020

    15th November 2019

    The Fishing News Awards presentation evening, held to celebrate excellence across the fishing industry during 2019, will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops hotel on Thursday, 14 May, 2020 This is the only awards event dedicated to…

  • New Zephyr for longstanding Whalsay partnership

    New Zephyr for longstanding Whalsay partnership

    8th November 2019

    North Sea mackerel, fished in close proximity to Shetland, was the first target species for the new Whalsay 75.4m midwater trawler Zephyr LK 394, when skipper Allister Irvine and crew started to establish the boat’s fishing credentials, reports David Linkie…

  • Brixham fishmarket tours net almost £5,000 for Mission

    Brixham fishmarket tours net almost £5,000 for Mission

    7th November 2019

    Cold hands and feet were warmed up with a delicious fish breakfast at Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish Brixham on 23 October, after this year’s final tour of Brixham fishmarket, in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission. This year, the Mission was delighted…

  • At sea with the Fishery Protection Squadron

    At sea with the Fishery Protection Squadron

    1st November 2019

    The Fishery Protection Squadron’s Squadex exercise, conducted in the Solent earlier this month, offered a chance to talk to the Royal Navy personnel tasked with safeguarding Britain’s fisheries – and to see behind the scenes. John Periam reports (Photos: Geoff…

  • Bring back the Beauty –  to Cellardyke

    Bring back the Beauty – to Cellardyke

    31st October 2019

    A community group from Cellardyke has formed to restore one of the few remaining 1930s ring-net boats still left afloat. Manx Beauty is lying in Birkenhead and needs to be transported to the East Neuk of Fife, reports David Linkie.…

  • Jim Portus: 30 years at the helm

    Jim Portus: 30 years at the helm

    25th October 2019

    Thirty years ago, on 1 October, 1989, fishery protection officer Jim Portus jumped ship from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF – now the MMO) to manage the South Western Fish Producers’ Organisation (SWFPO) He did so after…

  • South West soundings

    South West soundings

    24th October 2019

    Ports in the South West of England are back to steady landings and sales after the cuttlefish boom – but shifting stocks and Brexit uncertainties are making this an unsettled year Few, if any, South West fishermen would deny that…

  • New SFF chief ready for tough challenges ahead

    New SFF chief ready for tough challenges ahead

    17th October 2019

    Tim Oliver talks to Elspeth Macdonald, the new chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Elspeth Macdonald took over the helm of the SFF two months ago from outgoing chief executive Bertie Armstrong, who retired officially on 30 September after…