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  • Customised innovation on Reliance III

    Customised innovation on Reliance III

    30th October 2020

    Banff father and son skippers take delivery of Whitby-built twin-rig trawler Built by Parkol Marine Engineering for skippers John and David Clark, the new 20.4m dual-purpose prawn and whitefish twin-rig trawler Reliance III BF 800 sailed from Fraserburgh towards the…

  • Whelking on Britannia

    Whelking on Britannia

    23rd October 2020

    With young local recruits and a new quay underway, the Eastbourne fishing fleet is looking to the future, reports John Periam. Photographs by Geoffrey Lee Joe Watt had no family connections to the fishing community in Eastbourne; fishing was just…

  • Prawn fishing in the Clyde

    Prawn fishing in the Clyde

    16th October 2020

    David Linkie looks back to 2012 and a trip on the Campbeltown twin-rig trawler Shangri-La CN 394 The distinctive high-rounded profile of Davaar Island was just beginning to gain clarity against the first signs of a slowly lightening sky as…

  • The Wash: a terminal direction of travel

    The Wash: a terminal direction of travel

    15th October 2020

    Fisheries in the Wash are being squeezed out of existence. John Worrall reports Once upon a time, life was straightforward. The Wash yielded cockles, mussels and shrimps, which fed birds and the fishing communities at the hearts of Boston and King’s Lynn. 1.…

  • Inshore Corner – More questions than answers

    9th October 2020

    The final (if not conclusive) part of the series on geometry in line fishing With four recent days of sluggish neap tides, fair winds and sunshine, my pal skipper Colin Barden and I carried out tests to discover the diving…

  • Lunar Bow: purse-seining for mackerel

    Lunar Bow: purse-seining for mackerel

    8th October 2020

    With the first Scottish pelagic vessels starting to fish North Sea mackerel southeast of Shetland last week, David Linkie looks back to a trip on the Peterhead midwater vessel Lunar Bow PD 265 in the second week of October 2014…

  • Potting on Predator

    Potting on Predator

    3rd October 2020

    A day’s potting from Selsey on Predator LI 556 underlined the importance of family and tradition in this south coast fishing community, reports John Periam. Photographs by Geoffrey Lee The limestone rocks around Selsey create an ideal habitat for lobsters…

  • A battle won in a losing war

    A battle won in a losing war

    27th September 2020

    Tom Watson, who skippered the Wyre Victory FD 181 during the second Cod War of 1972-3, recalls an encounter with an Icelandic gunboat in which Britain came out best There has been a lot in the press of late linking…

  • Unique Mourne herring skiff fishery

    Unique Mourne herring skiff fishery

    17th September 2020

    Skiff fishing for Mourne herring using drift-nets on inshore grounds off the Co Down coast from harbours like Annalong and Kilkeel is one of the most traditional and unique fisheries in the UK. The historical importance of the skiff fishery…