Fishing

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 …




‘Huge disappointment’ as trade deal fails to restore sovereignty

LOCAL fishermen leaders have expressed their “huge disappointment” and have vowed to “fight on” after the finer details of the post-Brexit trade deal became clearer over the Christmas period. Simon Collins of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) stopped short of using the word ‘betrayal’ and instead chose his words more diplomatically when he spoke of […] Shetland News …


Fish landings take a hit in Covid-dominated year

MORE THAN 330,000 boxes of whitefish were landed in Shetland during 2020, a significant drop compared to recent years but better than expected after the significant reduction in fishing activity due to the lockdown earlier in the year. Shetland Seafood Auctions said on Friday following the last market day of the year that this year’s […] Shetland News …


Expectations high as UK and Faroe sign fisheries deal

THE SIGNING of a fisheries framework agreement between the UK and the Faroe Islands has been welcomed by local politicians. On Thursday an agreement which sets out that the UK and Faroe will hold annual negotiations on the issues of access to waters and quotas was signed by UK ambassador to Denmark, Emma Hopkins, and […] Shetland News …