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Saturday 13 July 2024

Six fish market auctions in Brittany harmonised.

 

The heart of the fishing industry in Brittany has taken a significant step forward with the recent completion of the modernisation of the region's fish auctions. Thanks to an ambitious project by the CCI Finistère, all outdated systems have been replaced by Aucxis with state-of-the-art technology.


 

The six fish auctions in Brittany (Audierne, Concarneau, Douarnenez, Le Guilvinec, Loctudy, and Saint-Guénolé), managed by the CCI Finistère, have undergone a significant modernisation. The upgrade to the advanced KOSMOS platform from Aucxis represents a revolutionary step forward for the fish auctions, now equipped with an ultra-modern and efficient sales infrastructure.

Point of departure and objectives

Modernising the fish auctions was crucial as the existing infrastructure no longer met contemporary standards. Centralised sales were not possible, various software technologies and equipment were outdated, and the operating systems were no longer capable of ensuring reliable and secure use. With the goal of replacing outdated hardware and software, the CCI Finistère issued a tender. Aucxis won the contract by offering a comprehensive solution, including the KOSMOS platform.

The modernisation project encompassed three pillars: reliability, modernisation, and virtualisation. This required replacing old systems with modern web technologies and creating a centralised database to enable sales across multiple locations.

The challenges of standardisation

Six different auctions, each with its own working methods, needed to switch to a new, standardised system so that each buyer could make purchases in the same way at every auction. This included introducing a uniform clock speed and implementing the ascending clock sale principle across all sites.

Continuity

During the roll-out, the link between the old and new systems had to be maintained as much as possible to ensure the continuity of sales. The work was carried out early in the morning or in the evening to avoid disrupting sales.



Multi-project execution

The modernisation involved multiple projects at the six sites, carried out by different suppliers during the same period. Aucxis not only implemented the KOSMOS platform but also provided a lot of new equipment, such as stainless-steel supply terminals, LED panels for local clock displays, cameras, workstations, tablets, and Wi-Fi infrastructure. Other suppliers carried out construction work, installed new conveyor belts, etc.

External pressure

During the project’s execution, several challenging periods arose, characterized by pressure on the fishing sector, including the impact of Brexit, the energy crisis, and evolving European fisheries legislation.



 "It goes without saying that the planning was very complex. We are therefore very proud to report that, thanks to the close collaboration between Aucxis and the CCI Finistère, the centralised sale of all supply was successfully completed in March 2024. We explicitly want to thank the CCI Finistère team for their unwavering dedication and professionalism."

Steff Lyssens STEFF LYSSENS, ACCOUNT MANAGER

 

Comprehensive solution


In addition to the KOSMOS sales and information platform, a lot of new equipment was delivered to support the sales process, seamlessly integrated with the KOSMOS software:

25 mobile or fixed weighing terminals

1 specially designed terminal, type “wholesaler”

8 industrial LED panels (2m by 2m)

4 cameras

20 all-in desktop PCs

Industrial tablets

Wi-Fi antennas and controllers


The result

Thanks to the implementation of the KOSMOS platform and the integration of a lot of new equipment, the Breton auctions now boast an advanced auction infrastructure in which CCI Finistère’s objectives have been realised: a reliable auction system, a modernised sales process, uniform operation of the auctions, and the ability to sell the supply from the six auctions from any location.

Moreover, user convenience for buyers has significantly improved. Buyers can now purchase on multiple clocks simultaneously, both at the auction itself and remotely via desktop PCs, tablets, or smartphones. They can customise their screen layouts and create shortcuts to simplify the purchasing process. The platform also offers easy access to sales data and statistics, benefiting both buyers and suppliers.

The fully web-based KOSMOS platform provides a secure and future-proof sales infrastructure, guaranteed by the evolution contract.

Setting up a sales network for the six fish auctions of Brittany was a large and ambitious project, requiring a well-thought-out strategy for the complex transition. Discover in detail the many challenges, the integrated systems, the project progress, and the achieved result.




Friday 12 July 2024

Miserable mizzly #FishyFriday morning saved by oodles of fine fish!


Going to be a wet, mizzly day for the anglers today...


meanwhile on the market there is a good mix of fish like these big inshore trawl ray wings...


plenty of turbot...


spurdogs are everywhere still...


as are monk...


megrims...


and more ray...


catching what the beam trawlers catch best...


a few quality inshore bass...


big JDs...


and plenty of crab bait...


the netter Stelissa also popped a few boxes of hake ashore...


years ao at this time of year the market would have been inundated with long-lined ling...


good to see a few sardines on the market from the Lyonesse...


and the Pelagic Marksman...


yes, there are some big octopus about...



another angling boat ready for the off...


in amongst a full house of big yachts, many of them French...


keep up the good work guys!

 

Monday 8 July 2024

Mizzly Monday morning in Newyn.



Despite the presence of the Scottish prawn boat, Claire Marie, July seems to be following June with regard to the unseasonal weather being inflicted...



but that doesn't mean that the market is any less well supplied with superb fish from boats like visiting Claire Marie with a big shot of haddock from the Smalls...



more haddock and wjiting from the Acciona...



top turbot trip from the Ocean Pride...



and more quality seine net fsh like these hake...



and red mullet...



to go with the Dovers...



oily fish landings of sardine came from the Inter-Nos...



a trio of boats between trips...



and away out in the Bay in the mist, one of three coasters at anchor awaiting orders.


 

Sunday 7 July 2024

Spectacular Sea, Salt and Sail festival - a celebration of traditional maritime skills and boats!


Despite the weather forcing half a dozen boats due to sail from Falmouth having to turn back on Thursday this year's Sea Salt and Sail festival played host to a big turn out of classic sailing and working boats...



the harbour lends itself so well to recalling what it must have been like back in the days of sail when Mousehole, like eery other harbour around the coast, would have been home to dozens, even hundreds of fishing and working sailing vessels of all shapes and sizes...




represented today by the biggest visitor, the incredible Swallow, whose largely French crew spent the weekend wowing the crowd with their display of seamanship - manoeuvring the engineless boat in and out of the crowded harbour with ease...



to one of the smallest...


during Saturday's race, a stiff breeze grew in strength kept the flags flying...



 and capsized one of the boats...



things were a little quieter in the harbour at the end of the day...




as the Swallow was brought in...


trippers on the Scillonian III were treated to the spectacular spectacle as they headed to the Scillys...



made all the better by a sparkling sea...



Clare Bowen and Tim Hall, both members of Cornwall Plein Painters were among many artists who captured the festival over the weekend...



with sights like the fleet at anchor in the Bay...



decorated masts...



or just a classic view through the gaps...



sailing boats like the local lugger Barnabas sporting her brand new Scots pine masts fitted by the boys at Ullapool boatyard...



or rowing tender, Dreckly provided endless subjects subjects to enjoy - not a boat to hitch a lift on for anyone wanting to get anywhere quickly...



the smallest boats with...



their red...



and tan sails




like those on the Barnabas and the Gladys would have been a familiar sight years ago...



originally built as a Nobby over 100 years ago, the Gladys had a standing lug when fishing as a herring boat out of the Isle of man...


these was more than enough breeze to power the boats like Radiance at speed between the quays and St Clement's Isle...



each time she passed...


Guide Me gave a perfect demonstration of how a dipping lugger changes tack...



here the local Porthleven built lugger Happy Return tries to fend of the fully restored Maggie Helen, now owned by Benoit Cayla who also owns the Rose d'Argyle and Swallow...



a fleet of luggers heading away from the harbour, what would have been the daily diet of Mousehole life in the past...



some, took it all in their stride...



while the Maggie Helen made the most of the breeze to sail past the anchored Swallow...



the 1911 built Guide Me, a legend in lugger circles, in her time has been the engineless home of the Brickhill family in which time they sailed her to South Africa via Brazil, over the years she has won countless races, especially in light winds, when she seems possessed...




Gladys goes for it...


at the closing award ceremony and auction, a special moment for the crew of Swallow, and not hard to guess from where most of them hail, as they receive the award for the winning Class 1 boats...


and, after a special mention for Leon and Sylvia Pezzack who were the inspiration and driving force of  Sea Salt and Sail from day one, the auction saw local artist Lizzie Black's painting reach a magnificent £2,750 - the  biennial festival continues to be a huge success for all concerned!