Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Newlyn, home to creative minds and spirits - apart from those found in the Swordfish, Star, Red Lion and Tolcarne!.

The old and the new, Shane cruises past his old command aboard his punt Ali Cat on his way to scrounge some ice from the Karen N which, like many modern fishing boats, has an ice-making machine on board...


as the netter Ygraine heads for the ice-works to take on 6 tons of ice for her forthcoming trip chasing hake...


she'll have to wait for the Ajax to finish taking ice though...


up on the slip another of the Nowell fleet is getting her bottom scrubbed own and painted with antifouling along with new anodes...


captured on canvas by Claire Bowen, the latest artist to gain residence in Newlyn...


classic sailing boats like this berthed on the end of the pontoons...



inside the Old harbour the Ros Na Rioch is showing signs of neglect, still, where there's Hope...


built around 1700, the entrance to this cottage overlooking the harbour is wide enough to roll out the wooden barrels of pilchards that were processed within the four walls...


originally it is likely that the roof was thatched, the dormer windows were added in the late 1890s, for much of the late 1900s the formidable Miss Jacka, seamstress, lived there - she was renowned in the village for making wedding dresses based on photos from magazines like Vogue for local girls - she never liked 'trippers' parking in front of her window and would appear at the door waving an old walking sick shouting at any who dared spoil her view....


down in Newlyn town the Jupiter Gallery is hosting a show of paintings...


from local artist Trevor Thorn - the show features may local vessels captured in the scintillating light for which Newlyn is renowned.


 

Monday, 3 May 2021

New build Amanda of Ladram in Newlyn.



Waterdance's latest vessel to join  their ever-expanding fleet is PW-6, the Amanda of Ladram, skippered by Jonathon Walsh. The largely Newquay based skipper and crew will operate mainly from Newlyn targeting mainly MSc Certified hake.
 


the boat is currently fishing north of the Scillys...




and, like all the vessels in the fleet she will overland her fish from Newlyn to be sold on the market at Brixham.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Failed fishing talks with Norway - views from Shetland fishermen and Norwegian media.

 


Norway Negotiations collapse:

The fisheries negotiations between Norway and the United Kingdom collapsed without reaching a bilateral fisheries agreement for 2021.

  • "The UK has tried to send the bill for the Brexit agreement to Norwegian fishermen. We had hoped that Norway and the UK would become close allies in the management of joint fishing resources", says CEO Audun Maråk of the association Fiskebåt in a comment on the failed negotiations.

Maråk believes that Norway has gone to great lengths to find solutions, while the UK has faced locked positions with regard to, among other things, mutual zone access.

  • "Unfortunately, this will lead to an escalation of the level of conflict associated with the management of fishery resources in our sea areas. The UK will be left as one of the losers", says Maråk.

And adds:

  • Norway has in a meeting with its British colleagues agreed that it is time to put an end to the negotiations on a bilateral quota agreement for 2021. The most important elements in such an agreement are mutual access to common stocks and exchange of fishing quotas with each other.

Too far apart:

"Brexit has undoubtedly created a number of challenges for the Norwegian fishing industry. It has proved very difficult to reach an agreement with the United Kingdom on zone access and quota exchange for 2021", says Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen in a press release.

When it comes to mutual access to fish quotas in each other's waters on stocks Norway shares with the United Kingdom, the views were too far apart, Ingebrigtsen states.

"Therefore, it was just as good to draw a line for this year and finish" he says.

Good tone:

There has always been a good and close dialogue with the industry, which are the ones who are primarily affected by this, both on the land side and the fishing side.

  • "We have negotiated in a good and respectful tone and it is important to continue to develop our relationship in the fisheries area. Norway has had a firm stance throughout the negotiations in consultation with the industry. It is better not to make an agreement if we do not return to the situation as it was before Brexit. But for 2021, the industry must adapt operations so that we do not have such access" says Ingebrigtsen.

Other agreements In addition to a bilateral agreement with the United Kingdom, Norway has been negotiating with the EU on fisheries agreements for 2021 since the New Year.

On 16 March, an agreement was reached on the management of the common stocks in the North Sea between Norway, the EU and the United Kingdom. In addition to the tripartite agreement, Norway and the EU have now entered into two-party agreements on the North Sea and Skagerrak as well as the neighborhood agreement on Sweden.

Thus, Norway and the EU agree on access to fishing in each other's zones and quota exchange. In other words, it is a bilateral fisheries agreement for 2021 with the United Kingdom that we are now without.

Sorry result:

The Pelagic Association was the first to respond to the broken negotiations:

  • The negotiations have dragged on, and although the outcome did not come as a surprise, this result is still very unfortunate, says Lena Brungot who has participated in the negotiations.
  • The consequence will be that the Norwegian fleet this year will not be allowed to fish in the UK's waters, and we are particularly concerned that it will be tough for our members to take this year's quotas for North Sea herring and mackerel, she continues.

This year is the first year that the UK participates in negotiations as an independent coastal state, and the negotiations have revolved around issues such as quota exchange, zone access and other bilateral issues between the parties.

Throughout the process, Norway's position has been to try to stabilize the agreement situation and continue the conditions contained in the agreements prior to Brexit. However, new demands from the UK for Norway to issue a quota to be allowed to fish in their waters did not make the negotiations any easier.

Zone access surprised:

  • "The lack of concessions on zone access came as a bit of a surprise to us, says Brungot. "The pelagic populations are characterized by migration, and if one does not have a sufficient overall and long-term perspective on this issue, it will backfire on a later occasion."

Good zone access agreements help to optimize fishing both in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of fry fishing and improved quality of the raw material that is landed. These are factors that contribute to increased profitability, at the same time as fishing is carried out in a more sustainable way.

  • "For us, it appears to be a win-win situation for both parties if one reaches an agreement, and it is therefore difficult to understand the motive behind the new requirements that torpedoed the agreement", Lena Brungot concludes.

The Pelagic Association is in dialogue with the administration and the industry, and will in the future work to ensure that this year's fisheries can be carried out in the best possible way.


The same story from this side of the North Sea:

The Shetland Fishermen’s Association has released a statement in reaction to the failed fisheries deal with Norway.

Fishermen in Shetland today welcomed the Scottish and UK negotiating team’s refusal to renew past access and quota transfer agreements with Norway.

These, they pointed out, had been brokered by the European Union and were heavily skewed against the local pelagic and demersal fleets.

Simon Collins, executive officer of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA), said: “This bring a long-awaited end to past practice in which the EU used to hand substantial amounts of Scottish quota to Norway largely to the benefit of a single foreign multinational that claimed to be English.

“Since the announcement that there will be no deal, we have had predictable squealing from that one company. This in no way reflects the mood of the Scottish family-owned fleet.

“In practical terms, Norway’s loss of access to our waters this year will remove a substantial presence of their pelagic fleet during the autumn mackerel fishery in particular.”


SFA chairman and whitefish skipper James Anderson added that the inability of Norwegian vessels to fish for demersal stocks in the UK zone would lift the pressure of a highly active gillnet and longliner fleet to the east of Shetland.

DMT Marine Equipment The Fishing Daily Fishing Industry News Brian J McMullin Solicitors “We are convinced that mutually advantageous annual agreements on access and quota transfers can be struck with Norway in the future. But Norway has to understand that we are not going to cave in, Commission-style, to the detriment of Scottish businesses. It is far better to make that clear at the outset, and we are glad that this has been done.

“We appreciate the efforts of the highly influential Scottish negotiators, who worked closely with industry and listened carefully to our concerns throughout four months of very difficult talks.”

Final #FishyFriday for April in Newlyn

Low water and reverals just how deep-drafted modern fishing boats are, the Amanda of Ladram  is only 18m long...


one of the more voracious ocal residents takes off for supper...


high water Thursday evening sees the return of the day boats like the Harvest Reaper...

and skipper Tom jumping ashore to land days days work...


as does Brackan on the Spited Lady III...


Tome heads of to find a berth and then it's home for a few hours kip...

as does Patch in his punt Shikari...


wind the clock forward to #FishyFriday morning and fish are being pulled off the auction floor for packing...


with excellent landings of inshore fish like these red mullet...


haddock...


and lemons from Brackan...


all the boats picked up a few John Dory...

the the big Irish trawler Unity hit the jackpot in terms of quantity...


with over 60 boxes of these gorgeous fish, unfortunately it seems the whole trawling world is doing the same as a result prices already took a dive on Thursday...


Tom had his fair share...

while the port's Dory king was nowhere in the running, a gutted young Roger Nowell...


Dovers...


and monk tails make up some of the the high quality fish that the port is renowned for...


of which a whole host of buyers are keen to get their tallies down on those boxes...


to keep a smile on the faces of all concerned, these must be some of those 'happy fish' the indescribably condescending Jacob Rees-Mogg referred to earlier this year...


up goes the market doors..


with all but a handful of boxes ready to sell...


seems the handliners in both are finding mackerel difficult to locate...


though there do seem to be a few blues for those guys willing to put pots in awkward places...


or some hard-fought-for pollack caught by hook...


ray are still to be had though the season of plenty is now passing...


it was up to the Unity to land some quality hake fished over the very big tide, more will arrive from early next week when the hake netters are able to get back to sea again...


got to love a gurnard...


there's red...


and the odd black bream accompanied by a greater weaver...

seems blue is most definitely this year's colour...


with a hint of orange over the deep blue sea...


only the gribble work have are more voracious than the black-back gull population...


plenty of fishing news, finance, grants and of course all the fishing training news tou need from Seafood Cornwall Training...


calms don't come much flatter than this, not a breath in the harbour this morning...


there are some exciting new projects underway in the harbour - keep your eyes peeled for more Argoe news!


 

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Weeknd action in Newlyn.



Good to see skipper Alan back in the wheelhouse, first landing of hake from the Charisma...


Stevenson's tug gives a helping hand...

to turn the Twilight around...

as the Annie-May...


 heads to the market...

every inch of space on the boat is made use of...

landing her turbot and monk...



in insulated tubs...

as quickly as possible...


ready to be graded for the morning's auction...


showing off the sweeping lines of St Ives ligger Barnanbas... 


all that scrubbing and new stern tube extension have paid off aboard the punt Kathleen.