Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi has taken delivery of the new Víkingur, which docked at its new home port of Akranes at the weekend.
The Zamakona Shipyard at Santurce in northern Spain has delivered the new 81.54 metre LOA by 14.10 metre beam tuna purse seiner Guria to fishing company Nicra-7.
The Fisheries Council is over. The delegates have left Brussels for another year and the results are a mixed bag, much if which is surprisingly encouraging –not least with the spectre of the landing obligation about to be applied to demersal fisheries across Europe.
French Shipbuilding group Piriou has delivered a new freezer longliner to Cap Bourbon, designed for operating under the tough conditions of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, including around Kerguelen and Crozet Islands.
The recently formed NFFO East Anglia Committee elected Steve Wightman, Lowestoft long-lining skipper, as its Chairman at its latest meeting in Norwich on 12th November. Steve is supported by three Vice Chairman covering the coast, including Dave Chambers, Neil Lake and Billy Gaff, with the intention of rotating the Chairmanship on an annual basis.
Bakkafrost has signed a deal with Marel for equipping the portioning and value-added production (VAP) sections of its new salmon Harvest/Packaging/VAP factory in the Faroe Islands, set to open in 2016.
Recom Ice Systems has secured new work in Stornoway, Scotland. The Stornoway Port Authority has awarded Recom the development work of an ice plant with storage and delivery systems.
There have been an increasing number of sporadic but significant hauls of spurdog (Squalus acanthias) encountered by Cornish fishermen in recent months. Just last week a Newlyn based trawler accidently caught over 10 tonnes of spurdog while fishing for John Dory around the Isles of Scilly. This meant damaged fishing gear, lost fishing time and a great deal of frustration for the skipper involved. To make it even worse under current EU fishing rules not one of the spurdog could be landed for human consumption or sold.
Freezer trawler Höfrungur III AK docked in Reykjavík yesterday morning after a 24-day trip. Skipper Haraldur Árnason is satisfied with the results and said that he is particularly pleased with the excellent fishing on saithe on the Selvogur Bank.
An excellent visitor attendance and brisk business has resulted in exhibitors at the recent Skipper Expo Int. Galway 2015 hailing the show as the busiest ever.