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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Minutely surveying the harbour - in more ways than one!


Great to see the next generation of fisherman coming through - and what better way to learn than aboard Dad's punt working a few post and handlining - there are plans afoot to invest in a small fleet of punts specifically for trainee fishermen to cut their teeth the way fishermen have throughout history - start small and work your way up - by doing so and appreciating the vagaries of the weather, understanding how the tide affects fishing gear and fish behaviour, learning what knot to tie and why, practising boat handling skills all learned at first hand and backed up by a sound knowledge of the rules of the road make for a sound fisherman that any skipper would want to have on board and bring on...



Girl Pamela looking as good as the day she came out of the mould in 1988...



plenty of scallops going ashore form the big Brixham scalloper Anne Marie...



Karen of Ladram slips in through the gaps with another haul of MSC Certified Cornish hake...



closely followed by the new Rowse crabber, Harriet Eve...



probably the smallest cat ever to grace the harbour with its presence, the ROV survey vessel, Inception...



operated by a team from Swathe Services based here in Cornwall...



the miniature survey vessel is controlled remotely and can survey inside closed waters like a harbour far more efficiently than a larger vessel could...



not least because the boat is easily stopped out moved out of the way so as not to encumber normal working traffic in a busy fishing port like Newlyn...



data is fed wirelessly back to a laptop and the software processes the data to enable full coverage of the survey area - post processing allows an accurate 3D chart of the harbour to be modeled for use by the harbour authority saving thousands of pounds over traditional big-boat methods...



the boat has sufficient range to work well away from the operator thereby maintaining safety of operations at all times without compromising any of the port's workings...



compare that to the kind of vessel that would be commissioned in the past!