Marine

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 …



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 …


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 …


Young skippers and crews take over whitefish vessels

TWO LOCAL whitefish trawlers have recently been taken over by young skippers and crews as part of a successful generational transfer in the industry. At the end of last mont a fishing partnership consisting of skipper Ben Irvine, 24, Owen Dougan, 20, Gordon Smith, 23, Louis Polson, 30, and agents LHD took over the Sedulous […] Shetland News …


People invited to get rid of unwanted marine pyrotechnics

ANYONE with unwanted marine pyrotechnics is being encouraged to hand them in to the coastguard on Wednesday. The ‘amnesty’ is for private boat owners and non-commercial fishing vessels only. It will be held at the entrance to the Staney Hill quarry between 10am and 6pm. The coastguard said the collection of these items is to […] Shetland News …