Scott Mann Talks Fishing Brexit

Well, Brexit and fishing quotas are both controversial subjects, so it is useful to know that fishing is not forgotten and is still being discussed in the wake of all the Brexit politicking. So, this week, MP Scott Mann joined Conservative colleagues and former fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, to hear […]

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Fish Don’t Respect National Boundaries, Says MCS

The European Referendum is creating lots of questions, yet there seems to be a remarkable lack of consistency when it comes to answers. I’m a politics graduate and even that is no salvation from confusion! Here is what the Marine Conservation Society has to say about it, regarding fishing. Leaving […]

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Ben, Fishing’s New Ambassador

Great to see that young men are still going into fishing… This is Ben Bengey, an inspirational young fisherman from Ilfracombe in North Devon, who is fast becoming the voice for the future of fishing in the UK.  Ben Bengey’s charm and passion for his work make him the perfect […]

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Conviction After Illegal Mackerel Catch

This comes from the Government’s Marine Management Organisation: On 6 March 2015, at Bodmin Magistrates, courts the master and owner of the Dutch registered trawler Frank Bonefaas SCH-72 were each convicted following guilty pleas after being charged by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) with illegally retaining on board mackerel caught […]

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Fishing Quota Update

  Mackerel From 1 January, fishermen targeting pelagic quota species such as mackerel and herring have had to land all the quota fish they catch, helping bring an end to the wasteful practice of throwing fish back overboard. Not being top notch at ancient Greek, I had to look up […]

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Fishing – Coming Up to the Cruellest Month of All

As Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) research reveals more fishermen die in January than in any other month of the year, the lifesaving charity has launched a hard-hitting campaign encouraging fishermen to make sure their boats keep them safe at sea.   The campaign features five short films which provide practical […]

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#Clovelly’s ‘Silver Darlings’ on Film

It’s Silver Darlings season – local, sustainable and nutritious Clovelly Herrings are now available in North Devon up until Christmas and Boat Stories has a film to get you in the mood. Fishing for Clovelly Herring is a scenic and moving short film featuring traditional herring fisherman Stephen Perham. Producer […]

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Appledore Fishermen Not Off the Hook Yet!

Here’s a little tale of fishing madness, and one of those situations where a little local knowledge could be a huge help!!   In October the leader of Torridge District Council wrote to the Prime Minister urging the Government to rethink a blanket ban covering Ray Fishing in UK waters, […]

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Fishing for the Long Haul

The sun is out, the sea is calm and skipper Paul Stone smiles as he and his crew land a net full of squid in ‘Fishing for the Long Haul?’ the latest short film in the Boat Stories series.  The film was shot back in the summer before a ban on […]

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Life as a Lobster Potter

If you love Lundy and  the local area, with its traditional fishing industries, then this is for you, for a  new short film by North Devon film maker Jo Stewart-Smith takes a close up look at the work of Ilfracombe lobster fisherman, Geoff Huelin.   The first short film in […]

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Help for Cornish Fishermen Hit by Storms

North Cornwall MP and Lib Dem Environment Minister with responsibility for flooding, Dan Rogerson has been pushing for the extra help after meeting fishermen in Padstow last month.   Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also vowed to look at what help could be given after meeting […]

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Father’s Day Fishing!

The Environment Agency is encouraging mums and families to give Dad the perfect gift this Father’s Day – and get him fishing! Give a rod licence this Father’s Day and join in the fun on 16 June.  Children do not need a licence until they are 12, so Dad could […]

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Fish of the Month

  Friday night might be fish night….but is March the month for mussels or is it mullet in May and dab in December? A brand new guide from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is set to help consumers make the right fish choice in the […]

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Certificate Fraud Lands Cornish Fisherman in Court

A Cornish fisherman has this week pleaded guilty to breaches of the Fraud Act 2006 and Safety Training Regulations, and has been made to pay a total of £14,528 in fines and costs. 44-year-old Alan Fairless, of St. Austell, is the owner and operator of the lobster boat “Flying Spray […]

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Bude Coastguard/RNLI Rescue at Crooklets

An amazing rescue story has unfolded on Facebook. A person was reported to be in the water at Crooklets earlier. Katie Cook Hartop’s husband saw the man fall into the water whilst watching the Bude webcam. He dialled 999, as had other people. Seems a fisherman had been knocked off […]

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