For someone who first went fishing commercially 55 years ago on an, even then, ancient wooden pearling lugger, the new ships you will see here over the coming week make me incredibly envious. Modern, efficient, comfortable, strong and safe, they are a far cry from what I experienced during my first year university holidays chasing lobsters from Western Australia’s Dongara.
Looking at their galleys, for example, made me think of cooking on a single burner camping Primus stove on deck. Although we went ashore for dinner in the evenings, most of our other food consisted of “cackers” (undersized lobsters) on horrible white bread with tomato sauce. After three months of lobster, two meals a day, you soon become very tired of them. Even the greatest lobster connoisseur would!
There was no toilet or shower. You did it over the side and swam to wash. Then there was the accommodation. None of luxury you will see here, terrible old damp bunks and the boat swarmed with cockroaches and the occasional rat. No AC, no running water, no nothing, really. The boat was lucky to make eight knots downwind. As to safety, it was amazing the old tub ever passed survey.
Trawling • Longlining • Seining • Potting • Aquaculture • Mariculture
Nevertheless, we were happy, fit and making money. Not bad for a 19-year-old student! And the local Geraldton radio station played the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” for us every morning as we set out to pull our pots.
My next experience was two years later on a then-large, ultra-modern, steel tropical prawn trawler we delivered from the shipyard on the south coast of Queensland to begin fishing in the sultry Gulf of Carpentaria. Fortunately we were very well air-conditioned and brilliantly fed. We even had a cook on board! That trip, I learnt a lot and met some amazing people, but made no money.
And that, after all, is what fishing and aquaculture are all about – making money. These very type and geographically diverse and impressive new vessels that Baird Maritime will present this week are all about that fundamental reality. All have been built for very experienced owners. They will perform their roles efficiently, safely, economically, comfortably, quickly and, very importantly, in an environmentally friendly and very profitable manner.
- Jif Mairi – Jifmar puts new fish farm support craft to work off Scotland
- Orion – High-capacity freezer trawler for Scottish North Sea fisherman
- Viper & Maverick – Tasmanian aquaculture company adds catamaran workboats to fleet
- Vilhelm Thorsteinsson – Samherji’s new seiner/trawler boasts high efficiency and low emissions
- Kristoffer Tronds – Live salmon transporter built in Spain for Norwegian fjord sailings
- Kallista Helen – Inverlussa wellboat features innovative treatment facilities
News and Gear:
- New UK research identified disease-resisting gene in salmon
- GEAR | Norway’s Alfa Laval acquires local supplier of cage cleaning systems
- Ervik Havfiske takes delivery of Turkish-built factory longliner
- UK’s Waterdance orders crabber from local builder
- Russian yard starts construction of new fisheries research vessels
- NZ aquaculture company to get new feed barge
- Icelandic government invites bids for fisheries research vessel
- GEAR | Irish supplier secures contracts for winch packages
- Construction starts on net cleaning boat for NZ operator
- First steel cut for new seiner/trawler for Norway’s Liegruppen
- Seven dead, two missing after fishing vessel capsizes in central Philippines
- Ex-supply vessel resumes operations as salmon delousing boat for Faroese owner
- Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet takes delivery of 86m ice-class newbuild
- Iceland’s Rammi taps local designer for new trawler
Recent Important Features:
– “Scientists often do not account for the in-between time as a fish is transitioning from one stage of development to the next, nor do they consider the cumulative impacts across life stages.”
– “Collaborating between countries has clearly improved the effectiveness of surveys providing information on fluctuations in fish availability.”
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