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  • 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…

  • Record catch value of £989m for UK fleet in 2018

    Record catch value of £989m for UK fleet in 2018

    10th October 2019

    UK vessels landed a total of 698,000t for £989m in 2018, according to the annual UK sea fisheries statistics released by the MMO last month (Thursday, 26 September), reports David Linkie. This overall total included landings of 36,200t and £115m…

  • Boston’s memorial to lost fishermen: from little acorns…

    Boston’s memorial to lost fishermen: from little acorns…

    4th October 2019

    On 18 September, a warm, sunny day, in Boston, Lincolnshire, a carved wooden tribute to the town’s lost fishermen was unveiled, reports John Worrall It stands on a patch of grass close to the pedestrian bridge over the river Witham,…

  • Readers’ Photos

    Readers’ Photos

    3rd October 2019

    The selection of photographs shown on this page have been sent in by Fishing News readers. Although the number of photos currently being received is insufficient to generate a Photo of the Month competition, a selection of readers’ photos will…