Marine

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 …


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 …