Focus on Fishing and Aquaculture


It has been an interesting period for the global fishing and aquaculture industries, with operations during the Covid-19 pandemic being regulated but less affected than many of the other workboat sectors.

Numerous state-of-the-art and impressive new fishing boats and aquaculture support vessels continued to be delivered, driving innovation across the maritime industry as a whole.

Trawling • Longlining • Seining • Potting • Aquaculture • Mariculture

The industry is well placed moving forward, with fish stocks, in general, being in good shape and much of the industry understanding the urgency of sustainable fishing and farming practices. Notable exceptions, of course, remain among the usual suspects. Innovations on the farming side continue to drive impressive quality and productivity gains.

This good news has prompted massive investment in new and better vessels and equipment. Some new and impressive examples of these will be seen on these pages during Fisheries and Aquaculture Week.

Vessel Reviews:

Features and Opinion:

OPINION | Killing of Orca for food off St. Lucia provokes woke storm

– “This latest outpouring of ‘outrage’ directed at St. Lucia was initiated by social media warriors with too much time on their hands.”

– by Eugene Lapointe, president of the IWMC World Conservation Trust and a former secretary-general of CITES

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

REMINISCENCES | United States of America – 1, Japan – 0

– “It was obvious the Foreign Ministry did not like being asked to obtain the US$25,000 fines levied on each coral dragger.”

– by Bob Iversen, retired Hawaii fishery biologist and former US Navy officer

AWARDS 2021 | Best Large Wellboat – Harald Martin – Tersan Shipyard

– “With her two LNG deck tanks, four fuel conditioning systems and batteries contributing to her innovative design, she is a significant and fully redundant LNG-powered vessel.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Multi-Purpose Fishing Vessel – Jacqueline Anne – Macduff Ship Design

– “A ‘pocket battleship’ of a fishing boat, she is strong, seaworthy, powerful and very well-equipped with all the latest and best in electronics, catching and processing gear.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Offshore Aquaculture Boat – Kallista Helen – Macduff Ship Design

– “It is a first in class treatment vessel designed specifically for on-site removal of lice on farmed fish.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Shrimper – Federico C – Astillero Federico Contessi y Cia

– “Its X-bow, the curved aluminium wheelhouse, and its external appearance already point to its difference from contemporary vessels.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Scallop Boat – Lady Comeau III – Allswater Marine

– “The design shows a brilliant combination of experience and innovation that has resulted in a very efficient fishing machine.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Tuna Seiner – Via Alize – Piriou

– “A stylish, high quality build that is particularly well-equipped, she has been carefully built to be both economically and environmentally sustainable for her experienced Italian/French owner.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Lobster Boat – Raging Bull – Dongara Marine & Southerly Designs

– “Through this project, it was great to get back to that core simple ‘day boat style’ that built the Western Australia lobster industry.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Medium Fish Farm Support Vessel – Maverick – Southern Ocean Solutions

– “Built on solid, all-steel catamaran hulls, the boats are powerful, stable and very versatile.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Factory Ship – Norvezhskoye More – Marine Engineering Bureau

– “She is intended to be a safe, efficient and comfortable fish catching and processing machine that can be particularly effective in rugged Arctic conditions.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Small Trawler – Blue Wave – Cabinet SDA

– “This powerful and potent diesel-electric trawler has been designed for both maximum seaworthiness and maximum trawling capability, yet it remains both attractive and very versatile.”

Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!

Call for content!

Any news or views about the global commercial fishing and aquaculture industries? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and April 22), so we can add it to this current edition of Fishing and Aquaculture Week!

We are after:

  • Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
  • Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the fishing/aquaculture sectors
  • Interviews – Owners, operators, processors, co-ops, distributors etc.
  • Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the fishing world? (example here)
  • Other – Any other relevant news

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Alex Baird

Alex Baird is the Managing Director of Baird Maritime