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  • Storm Gareth crowds Killybegs

    Storm Gareth crowds Killybegs

    21st March 2019

    Some 50 vessels, including over 30 midwater trawlers, took shelter in Killybegs harbour last week from a prolonged period of severe weather, as Storm Gareth battered the west coast of Ireland with northwesterly gales in excess of 50 knots for…

  • Reach out and the Fishermen’s Mission will be there

    Reach out and the Fishermen’s Mission will be there

    15th March 2019

    The Motown classic Reach Out I’ll Be There, sung by the Four Tops, topped the UK singles chart in 1966. Over 50 years later, the words are highly appropriate for the Fishermen’s Mission team, who are always available to help…

  • Summary analysis of UK landings data 2018

    Summary analysis of UK landings data 2018

    14th March 2019

    Catch value by UK fleet exceeds  £1bn for the first time Provisional statistics released by the MMO last month indicated that the annual catch value for the UK fleet exceeded £1bn for the first time in 2018, when vessels landed…

  • Ports in the past…

    Ports in the past…

    7th March 2019

    Peterhead  harbour of yesteryear While Peterhead – which established a new port record of £202m in 2018 – continues to be the main fishing port in Britain by some considerable margin, this selection of photographs, all of which were taken…

  • Skipper Expo Int Galway 2019  – 15 years of success

    Skipper Expo Int Galway 2019 – 15 years of success

    1st March 2019

    The 15th-anniversary Skipper Expo Int Galway 2019 (8-9 March) looks set to be another great event for the Irish fisheries sector, with 125 companies booked to showcase their products and services, ensuring there will be something to interest everyone. The…

  • Last voyage of the Cecil Rhodes

    Last voyage of the Cecil Rhodes

    28th February 2019

    Part 4 in the series A Trawlerman’s Reminiscences, written by Hull skipper William Oliver in 1953 (Photographs courtesy of Alec Gill) In March 1905, we sailed again in the Cecil Rhodes for Iceland. We had a terrible trip for weather,…

  • Amethyst – polishing a Summers gem at Lochaline

    Amethyst – polishing a Summers gem at Lochaline

    22nd February 2019

    Built in 1960 at the Fraserburgh boatyard of T Summers & Co, the traditional Fraserburgh yawl Amethyst has recently been lovingly refurbished at Lochaline, reports David Linkie Nearly three years ago, Malcolm Burge and Kay Nuttall fulfilled a long-cherished ambition…

  • Search for sustainable future for scallop sector

    Search for sustainable future for scallop sector

    21st February 2019

    Tim Oliver reports on a two-day international conference, held in London, to find answers to the problems in the UK scallop sector The organisers of an international conference on the management of the UK scallop sector said they were ‘thrilled’…

  • Ports in the past.

    Ports in the past.

    16th February 2019

    Buckie harbour of yesteryear Located on the south shore of the Moray Firth, Buckie harbour has a longstanding tradition of fishing. A century ago, Buckie harbour was home to a large fleet of sailing drifters. These were subsequently replaced by…