Fishing

Research needed before offshore wind farms east of Shetland are built, fishing industry warns

SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association (SFA) has again called for “urgent research” into offshore wind development’s impact on the industry after developers were announced for three sites to the east of the isles. SFA executive officer Daniel Lawson said the areas in question overlapped with known haddock nursery grounds and saithe spawning sites, two of the Shetland […] Shetland News …


Protest against ‘destructive’ gillnetting held at Market Cross

A PROTEST was held at the Market Cross in Lerwick on Saturday morning against the “ugly world” of gillnetting in the fishing industry. The event was organised by members of the Fishing Forward UK group, which wants to see greater ecological, social and economic sustainability in the UK catching and processing sectors. Organiser Arlene Robertson […] Shetland News …


Carmichael highlights importance of locally based fishery science

ISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the fisheries research funding boost announced UK fisheries minister Victoria Prentis during her visit to Shetland earlier this week. And he encouraged more local projects, scientific and otherwise, to bid for money from the £100 million UK Seafood Fund, which has been extended from 2024 until 31 March 2025 […] Shetland News …


History repeating itself?

Over thousands of years, Shetland has endured invasions and victimisation by people from many overseas nations. Monuments of their rule stand all around Shetland, from the time of the Vikings to the present day. One of the largest monuments of the victimisation of the Shetland people, the Scalloway Castle, presently stands in ruin overlooking the […] Shetland News …



Real-life safety training for fishermen an ‘eye-opener’

SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association is encouraging all its members to sign up to in-water ‘overboard training’ after five local men successful completed the real-life safety training in Aberdeen. It comes on the same day the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published its annual report , which saw ten commercial fishermen losing their lives in 2021, including […] Shetland News …


Candidate says it would be ‘inappropriate’ to give pledge to one industry group

WHILE the overwhelming majority of council election candidates have signed Shetland Fishermen’s Association’s pledge, some have decided against putting pen to paper. Explaining his decision to “respectfully decline” the invitation to sign the pledge, Lerwick South candidate Dennis Leask said: “For me, a councillor is elected to serve their voters on ward issues and Shetland-wide […] Shetland News …


Council candidates asked to show support for fishing industry

CANDIDATES in next month’s council elections have been invited to show support for the local fishing fleet by signing the FISH Pledge, and thereby backing the broad aims and ambitions shared by local crews. Shetland Fishermen’s Association executive officer Daniel Lawson said the sector was worth £138 million annually, directly employing 450 people. The FISH […] Shetland News …


Industry challenges highlighted as fishermen’s federation chief makes trip north

THE SCOTTISH Fishermen’s Federation chief executive has used a visit to Shetland to highlight the challenges posed to the industry by high fuel prices, “mismatched” quotas and other marine developments. Elspeth Macdonald was in the islands on Thursday to meet local industry representatives, including a visit to Lerwick Fishmarket. She said the industry – which […] Shetland News …


Generational shift continues as young fishermen take on ownership of Copious

TWO brothers and their friend have taken ownership of a Shetland fishing vessel as the generational shift within the whitefish industry continues.  Tom Robertson, 33, and Ross Robertson, 30, along with George Jamieson, 36, have acquired the 19m Copious (LK 985), which they have renamed the Brighter Hope (LK 98).    Brighter Hope is named after George Jamieson’s grandfather John James […] Shetland News …