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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Two Newlyn fishermen rescued as trawler catches fire off Lands End.

Two men were safely rescued after the fishing vessel Ocean Harvest caught fire off the coast of Land’s End this afternoon.



Falmouth Coastguard received multiple 999 calls around 3.25pm reporting a vessel on fire. Penlee and Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboats and HM Coastguard's search and rescue helicopter from Newquay were sent to the scene.

AIS track of the stricken vessel.

The two crew on board had abandoned their vessel to a life raft. They were safely taken aboard the Penlee lifeboat and reported to be uninjured and not suffering from smoke inhalation and have been taken back to shore in Newlyn. The fishing vessel has now sunk. Sennen lifeboat remained in the area as part of HM Coastguard's ongoing monitoring of the situation.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Where would you find an octopus in the heart of London?


Greenwich Maritime Museum, one of the most imposing buildings in the heart of London right on the edge of the Thames...



where The World is moored...


in full view of the beating financial heart across the river on the Isle of Dogs...



 so far from home, Through the Gaps gravitated to the nearest riverside hostelry...


and happened upon this superb Mediterranean octopus proudly worn by a Cornwall lover who served the perfect pint of Punk IPA in the Trafalgar Tavern.


Saturday, 13 July 2019

The legend that is Cod.


Cod, an inspiration to one and all in Newlyn. Nuff said.

Ocean Fish now a major shareholder in Stevensons of Newlyn.

An historic day for Newlyn as fishing company W Stevenson and Sons appears to be ready to change hands, with its ownership set to stay in Cornwall.


Stevenson own a fleet of twelve working beam trawlers.

Roche-based Ocean Fish, a family-owned business and one of the largest fish processors and traders in the region, which also operates its own vessels, has announced that its directors and those of W Stevenson and Sons have reached an agreement which would give Ocean Fish a controlling interest in the company.

‘The Lakeman and Stevenson families hold very similar views on the importance of maintaining a vibrant and prosperous fishing industry in Cornwall,’ said Ocean Fish’s managing director Leigh Genge.

‘We see this transaction as achieving a long-held ambition of bringing both families together to deliver this goal.’

The Stevenson fleet of mainly beam trawlers operating from Newlyn has been in the Stevenson family’s ownership for several generations and was at one time believed to be the largest privately-owned trawler fleet in the world. The last few years have not been an entirely easy ride for the company and while there has been speculation about its future, there is relief that it can be expected to remain in local ownership.

‘The synergies resulting from the combination of these two historic businesses will benefit the entire community of Newlyn, the Cornish fishing industry and the wider supply chain as a whole,’ said Chris Rhodes, chairman of W Stevenson and Sons.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Mid-week fish market in Newlyn.


Time to take bait aboard the inshore crabber, Nazarene...


before heading off out through the gaps...



mostly inshore trawl fish on the market this morning...



with signs of a few squid with the Shiralee...



and the usual ray wings...


the odd Mediterranean octopus or two...



even a couple of blues picked up in the trawl...



while Tom resisted the temptation to take the only bass he had home for supper...



or this superb tub gurnard...



John Dory figured in all the trips...



while the handline guys are sill struggling to find any decent mackerel marks...



plenty of megrims at this time f year...



along with more quality flats...



and Dory...



enough to keep the Landlord...



and other buyers happy...



with local restaurants keen to buy quality local fish for their menus...



and the odd big ray...



a few more mackerel...



are whisked away...


more signs that the summer sardine fishery is about to start as the Golden Harvest checks over her ring net...



two contrasting beam trawler sterns, the contemporary covered in transom...



and the traditional round open stern...



pot detail...



stacked ready to go...



the never ending supply of trawl warp...



almost low water...



and more of the harbour is revealed, under the fish market...



seems time slows down in the Swordfish on a Friday between 5 and 7pm...


Debbie in the Star has the last word.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Nantes Traceable fish, artificial intelligence: fishing reinvents itself


France fishing industry, the industry inter-professional, develops the traceability of the French fishing and accompanies the fishermen face the environmental challenges to raise.

Today, an average of 25% of the supply on fish stalls comes from French boats. France fishing industry, the inter-professional structure of the sector created in 2010, has set itself the goal of filing all these products with its brand "Pavillon France".

"The French fishery represents 200 species, the presence of which varies according to the regions. It is a real chance for consumers to have access to these different products, "rejoices Caroline Morlot, in charge of the communication of the association. which includes fishermen, wholesalers, wholesalers, supermarkets and fishmongers.

France fishing industry carries out collective actions to accompany the professionals in their steps of progress. The marking of fish from French boats is one of them. "This marking is done by the fishmongers (editor's note: wholesale fish buyers on the French coast). It guarantees the freshness and the origin of the boat, namely its registration in a French port. A control, up to the fishmonger, is carried out once a year. Of the 280 French fishmongers, about 200 are members.

In France, fish consumption is stagnating. It is on average 34 kg per year per inhabitant (including processed products). "The French are not the first consumers of fish but they are still among the biggest. "

Along with quality, France fishing industry is interested in good practices to deal with environmental issues. The association partners with researchers several projects with clearly stated objectives. The Celselect project aims to reduce by 50%, with new trawls, unwanted catches, such as juveniles and non-commercial species.

Same thing with the PIC project where repellent gear must allow to reduce by 65% ​​the incidental catch of dolphins. As for the Reverse project, it seeks to reduce the environmental impact of fishing gear, both on the seabed and on the energy consumption of trawlers, which should decrease by 10%.

With the Game of Trawls project with Ifremer, fishing enters the 2.0 era thanks to artificial intelligence technologies that make it possible to imagine the trawl of the future. "This includes recognizing species before they enter the trawl. Launched last January, the project is scheduled for completion in December 2021.

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Monday morning Newlyn fish auction


Come rain or shine, there's always no end of jobs to be done on the fleet...



most of the smaller vessels have 'legs' - stout wooden beams that are attached either side of the hull so that it won't fall over when the boat dries out - the two ropes are used to position the leg before it is bolted through the gunwale...



Monday morning's auction kicks off...



with a landing of hake from the netter Charisma...


and a dozen or so boxes of turbot...


while several of the inshore trawler fleet put in good trips of fish with John Dory...


and rays making up the bigger percentages of the hauls...


the odd brill...


and monk...


name the fish with these tails...


ling...



and a handful of Greater Weavers...


whisked away by the porters...


the beam trawlers landed trips of their usual summer mix, megrim monk and Dovers...


while the line boats pulled in pollack...


some with tags...


mackerel...


and the odd bass...


the Lisa's broken trip produced a few lemon sole...


new warps for a beam trawler stretch the entire length of the North pier and some...


sacrificial anodes reduce the damaging effects of electrolysis to engines, gearboxes and metalwork in general......


even the rudder is not safe...


back a little more...


the crabbing fleet now has a bait store for its frozen bait - which should save a lorry being kept down the quay...


spare gear for the Crystal Sea...


another idyllic start to the day...


the stern of the Ocean Pride takes shape...


it seems gulls have not sense of taste...


all in a name, a clue as to the owner...



the new lifeboat centre...


all is not quite as it seems...



 man on a mission...



for a few dollars more...


how a simple idea can save your life if you happen to go overboard when working single-handed and there is no-one to pull you aboard...



she catches haddock...


she catches scallops.