Fishing

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 …


Good prices being paid for high quality fish

THE TEAM running the electronic seafood auction in Shetland says fishermen continue to get more money for their fish than elsewhere as buyers are prepared to pay a higher price for quality and freshness. Shetland Seafood Auction has been selling fish electronically from the isles’ two fish markets in Scalloway and Lerwick for 20 years, […] Shetland News …


Open letter to councillors: please right this wrong

Dear councillors, We have been informed that fishing communities across the UK are set to benefit from £75million of government investment to spur the industry’s post-Brexit growth.    Regarding this apparent benevolent gesture by the government, might this be the catalyst for the Shetland Islands Council to perhaps take another look at the proposal to develop […] Shetland News …


Stricken fishing vessel towed to safety

THE TWENTY-six metre Banff registered Enterprise II (BF 1) arrived at Scalloway harbour late on Friday evening after it lost power and took on water west of Shetland. The fishing vessel with six crew on board suffered engine failure 60 miles west of Sumburgh on Thursday evening. The Enterprise II was taken under tow by […] Shetland News …


A lifetime at sea

WHEN John Arthur Irvine started his fishing career in 1959 at the tender age 15 as a cook on board the Fortuna there was little technology which could help the men finding the fish and also finding their way around the vast ocean. They worked close to shore and learning from the older hands of […] Shetland News …