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  • Man-overboard recovery and drowning prevention

    Man-overboard recovery and drowning prevention

    23rd July 2021

    Over the past six months, the MAIB has launched new investigations into several fatal accidents onboard fishing vessels. The organisation says it has identified various recurrent themes, but man-overboard retrieval remains a persistent, and deadly, issue. In light of this,…

  • Bobby Brown BEM: A life fishing

    Bobby Brown BEM: A life fishing

    16th July 2021

    The sea was in his blood – Robert Charles ‘Bobby’ Brown was born in 1901 into a prolific fishing family. His father Charlie and uncles were all fishermen, and he went to sea from the age of six. The family…

  • Sunderland Marine: Getting out the safety message

    Sunderland Marine: Getting out the safety message

    15th July 2021

    Marine insurance specialist Sunderland Marine has been creating easy and approachable ways to communicate the importance of safety on fishing vessels. Rachael Harper spoke to marine underwriting manager Craig McBurnie and loss prevention executive Alvin Forster (pictured above, right, with…

  • Launch! – Connecting with the RNLI 

    Launch! – Connecting with the RNLI 

    2nd July 2021

    After receiving unprecedented access to its archives, filmmaker Shona Thomson decided to show a side of the RNLI many have not seen before with her documentary film Launch! On the Sea with Scotland’s Lifeboats. Rachael Harper reports It does take…

  • Bridport: Fishing For The Future

    Bridport: Fishing For The Future

    28th May 2021

    Sustainable fishing and co-operative working underpin the survival of this ‘Jurassic coast’ fishing community, reports John Periam West Bay, the fishing harbour at Bridport, is one to be approached with caution, especially when an onshore wind is blowing. In the…

  • Courageous: New 28.1m whitefish stern trawler joins Whalsay fleet

    Courageous: New 28.1m whitefish stern trawler joins Whalsay fleet

    30th April 2021

    Skippers Ian Shearer and Malcolm Reid and the crew of the latest addition to the Shetland fleet, the single-rig whitefish stern trawler Courageous LK 470, quickly started to prove the fishing credentials of their new vessel earlier this month, reports…

  • Spotlight on safety at sea: Behind the scenes at the MAIB

    Spotlight on safety at sea: Behind the scenes at the MAIB

    22nd April 2021

    The UK’s independent Marine Accident Investigation Branch is uniquely placed to advance fishing safety, reports John Periam Set up in 1989, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is part of the Department for Transport and is entirely independent of the…

  • Spotlight on safety at sea: Identify hazards to reduce risk

    Spotlight on safety at sea: Identify hazards to reduce risk

    22nd April 2021

    Preventing accidents starts with getting to grips with risk assessment, explains Mark Lennon from the MCA Survey and Inspections team Commercial fishing carries high risk to health and safety. Accident, death and serious injury rates are over 20 times higher…

  • Hessle Road Remembered

    Hessle Road Remembered

    16th April 2021

    In 1971, photographer Alec Gill began to document the life of Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community, building up a collection of over 6,600 black and white negatives. Here he shares some of the memories evoked by his pictures… Having hitch-hiked…