Marine

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 …


Councillor floats idea of devolving some fisheries control to Shetland

A LOCAL councillor believes it is worth exploring the idea of Shetland gaining control of its fisheries out to the 12-mile limit. Duncan Anderson, who represents the North Isles, pointed to the Scottish Islands Act which gives scope for local authorities to request more powers or functions. The Scottish Government has the responsibility for managing […] Shetland News …


Largest cruise ship of season so far arrives into Lerwick

AROUND one third of the guests on the Marella Explorer 2 came ashore for excursions after the cruise ship docked in Lerwick this morning (Monday). The ship is much larger than the two smaller cruise liners which have visited Lerwick over the past week, with Lerwick Port Authority saying there were 800 guests on board. […] Shetland News …


Seafood companies receive government help

A NUMBER of mussel farming businesses as well as owners of shellfish boats have been compensated for losses incurred as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges linked to Brexit. The Scottish Government has now published details of financial awards made under the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund, which was announced in early February […] Shetland News …


Striking photos paint ghostly image of sail training ship

THE NORWEGIAN sail training ship Christian Radich caught the eye on Friday off the South Mainland of Shetland in thick fog. David Anderson took the above and below photos on Friday afternoon as the ship looked rather ghostly off Rerwick. Meanwhile 12-year-old Jimmy Nixon sent us the photo below, taken in Scousburgh on Friday evening […] Shetland News …


Salmon company chuffed after reaching zero antibiotics target

SALMON producer Scottish Sea Farms says it has achieved an important global milestone by not using any antibiotics in any of its farming operations in 2020.  The company is one of the three large players in salmon farming in Shetland. Celebrating its success the company said it had been working on reducing its use of […] Shetland News …


New study aims to explore orcas’ foraging habits in Shetland

A PHD student is set to carry out a study of orcas in Shetland over the next few years in a bid to better understand their foraging habits. Julia Sutherland, who is with the sea mammal research unit at the University of St Andrews, said it will feed into research investigating causes of harbour seal […] Shetland News …



Memorial to those who died at sea unveiled in Lerwick

A MEMORIAL commemorating the services and sacrifices of local seafarers was unveiled at Hays Dock in Lerwick on Tuesday afternoon. Plans to erect a merchant navy memorial at the Lerwick waterfront go back to 2015. After a number of early setbacks the project got some momentum with a number of public funders, while individuals and […] Shetland News …


Report on oil tankers sitting off coastline to go in front of councillors

THE ISSUE of oil-laden tankers sitting off the coast of Shetland until market conditions change is to be discussed at a council meeting next week. Councillors on the harbour board will be updated on the matter on Wednesday. Meanwhile the fully-laden tanker Hovden Spirit has been lying off Gulberwick since leaving Sullom Voe Terminal on […] Shetland News …