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G Smyth Boats Launches Two New MAXUS Catamarans

G Smyth Boats Launches Two New MAXUS Catamarans

Kilkeel Harbour was a hive of activity recently as G Smyth Boats has a double launch of new Maxus catamarans for UK customers. The 14mtr and 12mtr Catamarans Olivienna and Lily James were built during Covid lockdown and easing of restrictions enabled their new owners...

Shetland Lives: A lifetime at sea

Shetland Lives: A lifetime at sea

By: Chloe Irvine Retired skippers John Arthur Irvine and Willie Williamson have more than 100 years of fishing between them. Both played a key role in progressing Whalsay’s pelagic fishing industry to what it is today. Here they share some of their stories with Chloe...

Call for skippers to download and use a free hazard alert app

Call for skippers to download and use a free hazard alert app

More than 70,000 hazard alerts have been issued by the Kingfisher Bulletin website and app in its first year   Skippers are being urged to download and use an app designed to alert them to hazards at sea and offshore activities.   The Kingfisher Bulletin...

No evidence for alleged ‘benefits’ of Scottish three-mile limit

No evidence for alleged ‘benefits’ of Scottish three-mile limit

There is no evidence that a three-mile limit around Scotland’s coastline banning fishing vessels with mobile gear would improve sustainability or raise earnings in the creel fleet. That is the conclusion of a new Scottish Fishermen’s Federation paper, SFF The 3 Mile...

Fishing vessel Nicola Faith recovered from seabed

Fishing vessel Nicola Faith recovered from seabed

The wreck of sunken fishing vessel Nicola Faith, which went missing off the coast of Colwyn Bay on 27 January, has been raised from the seabed by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). The vessel will be transported to a secure location for further...

NFFO Training Trust offers Grants worth £100,000

NFFO Training Trust offers Grants worth £100,000

The NFFO Training Trust, the charity arm of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, has announced that it will be offering grants worth a total of £100,000 to support training and safety in the fishing industry. Training Trust Chairman, Bob Casson said:...

Lobster Turns The Tide For UK Fishing Port

Lobster Turns The Tide For UK Fishing Port

Work is underway on an ambitious five-year plan that will see Bridlington take full advantage of its position as the largest lobster port in the UK and Europe, boosting the town’s tourist trade and enhancing its reputation for supplying world-class seafood. In 2019,...

Clean Catch UK launches the UK’s first Bycatch Mitigation Hub

Clean Catch UK launches the UK’s first Bycatch Mitigation Hub

Following the enshrinement of the Fisheries Act in law in late 2020, Clean Catch UK has announced the launch of an innovative online Hub which will support collaborative efforts to reduce wildlife bycatch in UK fisheries. The cutting-edge Bycatch Mitigation Hub hosts...