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Joanna C Sinking – MAIB Report released

Joanna C Sinking – MAIB Report released

Summary Early in the morning on 21 November 2020, the scallop dredger Joanna C capsized south of Newhaven, England; only one of the three crew survived. Joanna C’s crew was hauling the gear when they noticed that the starboard dredge bar had become snagged on a line...

MAIB Report On Loss Of Nicola Faith Released

MAIB Report On Loss Of Nicola Faith Released

Report on the investigation of the foundering of the whelk potter Nicola Faith, resulting in three fatalities, in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, 27 January 2021. Summary: On 27 January 2021, the whelk potter Nicola Faith capsized and sank 1.9 miles north of Rhos-on-Sea,...

FWA  Question Migrant Fishermen Abuse Report

FWA Question Migrant Fishermen Abuse Report

Full statement from The Fishermen’s Welfare Alliance on reports on abuse and exploitation of migrant workers Speaking on behalf of The Fishermen’s Welfare Alliance, Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “It is a reality that...

UK Announces Four New MPA,s Including Dogger Bank

UK Announces Four New MPA,s Including Dogger Bank

  Fishing activity will be prohibited in four Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the UK Government has announced. The move has been made possible by new post-Brexit freedoms which allow the government to protect rare habitats and wildlife in UK waters.   The...

Designer Of The Net Drum David Tod Laid To Rest

Designer Of The Net Drum David Tod Laid To Rest

On Monday 14th February the family of David Tod R.I.P announced his passing peacefully in St Andrews Hospital. Davie never hit the headlines as one of the high profile, high grossing whitefish skippers of the 70’s and 80’s, but through his work he significantly...

Fishermen Squeezed Out As Scotland’s Seas Become Overcrowded

Fishermen Squeezed Out As Scotland’s Seas Become Overcrowded

Scottish Fishermen are angry at being crowded out of their traditional grounds by a combination of renewable energy developments and excessive conservation measures. In a stark warning that legitimate livelihoods are under threat, Shetland Fishermen’s Association is...

Wales First In UK To Require Fishing Boats Have Monitoring Devices

Wales First In UK To Require Fishing Boats Have Monitoring Devices

Wales has become the first nation in the UK to require all of its licensed commercial fishing boats are fitted with a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). Boats 12m or more in length were already required to have such a system in place, but an Order coming into force today...