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  • Retain and report American lobsters

    Retain and report American lobsters

    5th March 2020

    One newcomer to our waters that is definitely not welcome here is the American (or Canadian) lobster. Debbie Murphy and Chris Barrett of CEFAS offer advice on the new DEFRA ‘Retain and Report’ campaign Keen-eyed fishers around England occasionally notice…

  • Sea trials of Lady Sophie

    Sea trials of Lady Sophie

    28th February 2020

    The sea trials of the first PB40, a newly designed GRP displacement boat, took place at Padstow in North Cornwall last week, reports Phil Lockley. Aimed at both static-gear fishing and towing, the PB40 has an overall length of 11.95m,…

  • Eyes in the sky

    Eyes in the sky

    27th February 2020

    In a big hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport sit two red and white twin-engined aeroplanes in HM Coastguard livery. John Worrall reports In fact, there are four aeroplanes – along with a red and white Boeing 727 marked ‘Oil Spill…

  • Lunar Bow

    Lunar Bow

    21st February 2020

    New Peterhead pelagic vessel quickly starts to prove her capabilities on west-of-4° mackerel The new Lunar Bow arrived at Peterhead from Denmark at the same time as mackerel started to cross the 4° line and swim strongly into the southwest…

  • RNLI and rescued skipper call for crews to put safety first

    RNLI and rescued skipper call for crews to put safety first

    20th February 2020

    RNLI fishing safety manager Frankie Horne has urged the fishing community to take advantage of the safety training on offer for crews, and to ensure that their safety equipment is up to date. His call comes after the skipper of…

  • LIVE Lobster store boosts sustainable East Devon fishery

    LIVE Lobster store boosts sustainable East Devon fishery

    14th February 2020

    Joint-funded by the Blue Marine Foundation and Dorset and East Devon FLAG, a new storage facility for live lobsters will soon be in operation at Axmouth harbour in East Devon. Phil Lockley reports Officially opened on 14 January, the lobster…

  • Inshore Corner with Phil Lockley: The rise of the rule-beaters

    Inshore Corner with Phil Lockley: The rise of the rule-beaters

    7th February 2020

    In the first of a three-part series, Phil Lockley looks back at the introduction of the ‘10m rule’ and the unintended boom in boatbuilding that resulted For many fishermen, time off over Christmas and the new year brings back warm…

  • Fish Town returns to BBC Scotland

    Fish Town returns to BBC Scotland

    31st January 2020

    The fishing industry is unusually well-represented on television over the next few weeks. In addition to Cornwall: This Fishing Life, on Tuesday evenings, Fish Town, which focuses on Peterhead, has returned to BBC One Scotland, with the first episode in…

  • Solent Engineering celebrates 10 years

    Solent Engineering celebrates 10 years

    30th January 2020

    Solent Engineering was started by Dave and Lucy Middleton in 2010 – and over the past decade, they have seen their business grow from strength to strength, reports John Periam The company is based in a small five-unit production facility…