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Working hard to ensure success of fishing industry in Brixham

I am delighted to be invited to write a column for the Torbay Weekly and as this is the first of which will, hopefully, be many, I must first do a quick introduction. I am managing director of Brixham Trawler Agents. The company is responsible for operating the world famous Brixham Fish Market, and providing all the services a fisherman needs as they go about their hard work. These services include landing their catch, keeping their catch refrigerated, grading the fish, selling the fish, and also completing all the administration including paying the trawler owners and the crew the amount that they have earnt. >click to read< By Barry Young 09:32

Fisherman Stan Bagwell – a tribute to ‘one of Sidmouth’s characters’

Stan was the son of Robert and Martha Bagwell, his father and grandfather were local fishermen. Stan was no scholar, he spent all of his free time with his father at Ladram Bay where his father fished and was coastguard during the war. He cycled up Peak Hill early mornings and after school. Sometimes he travelled on his father’s motorbike next to the crab bait. At 15 he bought his first 12ft clinker built rowing boat, this leaked badly so he spent many hours repairing it. Stan’s ambition to have a trawler working out of Brixham was realized in 1972. >click to read< 21:42

F/V Joanna C: Sinking findings released year after tragedy

Experts investigating the sinking of the scalloper F/V Joanna C, which went down in November last year with the loss of two lives, have completed their investigation. The crew were recovering their fishing gear when the boat capsized, the interim report confirms. A full report is now being prepared on the incident in which Brixham fisherman Adam Harper and crewmate Robert Morley died. Skipper Dave Bickerstaff was rescued from the sea after hanging on to a lifebuoy for four hours after raising the alarm. >click to read< 13:17

Brixham fishermen recover rare ship relic off Dorset coast

A 19th Century anchor trawled up from the sea bed by a Brixham trawler could have come from a luxury liner or even one of Brunel’s magnificent steam ships. Or it could just be the anchor that tethered a hulk used by Royal Navy gunners for target practice.,, The latest one was hauled up off Bridport on the Dorset coast by skipper Dean Thomas and his crew on board Richard’s boat Rebecca.,, They were unable to lift the haul, and faced with the prospect of losing the entire net, they spent more than 12 hours slowly bringing it back to Brixham. >click to read< 16:40

Environment squall over MP’s Devon fishing trip, helped him understand the problems

MP Anthony Mangnall sailed into a social media squall when he spent the weekend on board a Brixham beam trawler. Mr Mangnall gutted fish on the decks of the Georgina of Ladram during his working trip at sea on board the first new beam trawler built in a generation for the Brixham fleet.,, Afterwards he said the trip had highlighted some of the industry’s issues. He said: “First, getting new recruits into the fishing industry is a real problem. Many of the crew on Georgina of Ladram started after school, but they just aren’t seeing new young people join their ranks. >click to read< 21:57

Fishermen’s urgent plea to Boris Johnson over Brexit and funding

The government has set aside a £100million investment fund for the industry, and has promised to replace funding that came via the EU. Now the local fishermen, who number around 600, and the workers who depend on the industry, want to see Brixham land the money to safeguard the future of their historic industry.,,, Fishermen were some of the strongest supporters of breaking away from the European Union, convinced by the potential to take back control of the UK’s waters, and harvest more of the fish in them. But many now see the government’s trade deal and fishing agreement with the EU as falling far short of what was promised. >click to read< 08:55

MP to work alongside fishermen aboard Brixham’s newest trawler

The first new beam trawler built in a generation at Brixham is heading out to sea this weekend with a new recruit. MP Anthony Mangnall will be finding out what life is like for fishermen. The 35.2m F/V Georgina of Ladram has been hailed as a “a symbol of confidence” for Brixham and was the first new-build beam trawler in around 30 years. The MP’s South Devon constituency includes the thriving fishing port and he will set off from Brixham to spend the weekend alongside the crew who work a watch pattern of six hours on, six hours off. “Having spent two years talking about the work of the Brixham, Dartmouth, Salcombe fishermen, I thought it was about time I witnessed first-hand the hard work that goes into catching our world-class fish.  >click to read< 10:34

England’s biggest fish market at sunrise – Brixham Fish Market is truly the city that never sleeps

At the meek hour of 2am, boxes upon boxes of fish are being sliced, sorted, and shipped, generating thousands in revenue before the sun has begun to rise. The hours are gruelling with 4pm starts that don’t end until the next morning and some boats that land at Brixham spend seven days out at sea.,, “Brixham is a fish town. Tourists love to come here, they love to see the boats, they love to see the market. Despite being one of the worst-hit industries by Brexit and Covid, the market is currently experiencing a boom and earning figures of up to £800,000 in some weeks. 22 photos, >click to read< 09:00

Tristian Northway is offering a close up of his trawler at sea

Ever since his appearance on Channel Four’s Devon & Cornwall series, Brixham-based fisherman Tristan Northway says he’s become a bit of a tourist attraction. As captain and skipper of the smallest boat in Brixham’s fleet, a nine-metre long mini trawler, Tristan has to get creative to ensure he’s got a stable income. His first idea was to become the first-ever licensed boat to sell fish directly to customers. And now, Tristan has gone one step further and is offering people the chance to come and watch him do what he does best. “And, you get a free bag of fish at the end of it.” 17 photos, >click to read< 08:10

Organizers tell of fundraiser ‘success’ for fishermen lost at sea

Organizers of a fundraiser for a new memorial to remember a group of fishermen who tragically died at sea have described it as a “success”. Old Bills Valeting, Seaford, raised a total of £500 through a raffle and donating 10 per cent of their earnings from June as part of efforts to remember those lost at sea. Robert Morley and Adam Harper lost their lives after their boat, the Joanna C, sank in November last year. Robert’s family launched an appeal for a memorial to placed in the harbour – to remember those who have lost their lives at sea. >click to read< 07:50

Brixham fisherman stars in new Devon and Cornwall TV series

Brixham fisherman Tristan Northway, who kept his business buoyant during lockdown by bringing his boat right up to the quayside to sell direct from the deck to his customers, will be one of the stars of a new TV series. A new season of Channel Four’s Devon and Cornwall starts on Monday June 21 at 8pm, and Tristan’s story featured in the opening episode. Tristan, described by Channel Four as a ‘maverick skipper’, was filmed on board his boat Adela, the smallest of the fleet in busy Brixham harbour. >click to read< 11:19

A fundraiser is established for a memorial to remember fishermen who died off Newhaven coast

The family of a fisherman who tragically died when his ship sank off the coast of Newhaven are raising funds for a new memorial to remember those lost at sea. Robert Morley and Adam Harper lost their lives after their boat, the F/V Joanna C, sank in November last year. Captain Dave Bickerstaff was pulled from the water by lifeboat crews, after he was found holding on to a lifebuoy almost four hours after the tragedy. Now, months after Robert Morley was laid to rest, his family are fundraising for a memorial to placed in the harbour to remember those who have lost their lives at sea. photos, >click to read<  Memorial for our lost fisherman – Thanks to everyone for donating and sharing, we are receiving amazing support this is obviously close to our hearts as it is to Adams and Darren’s families , this memorial will also stand as a tribute to all fishermen and women a memorial for Newhaven is long overdue, >click to read, and please donate if you can<  07:49

Home and Dry: Safety campaign to get fishing crews ‘Home and Dry’ following deaths in Brixham

A safety campaign has begun to reduce the ‘alarming’ number of deaths among fishing crews. It comes as more than 10% of fatalities in the fishing industry over the last decade have happened in the last six months. In the past six months, seven fishermen across the country, including two on a trawler from Brixham, have lost their lives at sea. Six of the men who died ended up in the water.  Now the industry’s safety group is launching the Home and Dry campaign aims to help those on vessels stay safe by educating them on practices they can use to reduce risks. >Video, click to read< 08:12  Shetland fisherman’s death highlighted in new man overboard prevention campaign – The lives lost included Shetland fisherman Joseph Lacaste, 45, who died while working on the trawler Copious in February. >click to read<

Body pulled from the sea has been identified as a missing commercial fisherman

Two of the three men on board the Joanna C lost their lives when the boat sank in November, with Captain Dave Bickerstaff dramatically saved from the wreckage by lifeboat crews. Now the family of Robert Morley, 38, have confirmed a body brought from the sea in December has been formally  identified. Robert’s dad Barry Woolford said: “To all the beautiful people of Brixham it is with much sadness that I have to inform you that our son Robert Morley has been identified as the body that was brought from the sea at Bexhill in December. >click to read< 10:53

F/V Johanna C: Memorial lights up ports across a nation in remembrance

Lights were shone into the sky and out to sea across the nation in remembrance of two fishermen who died when their boat sunk. The Joanna C trawler went down off the Sussex coast on 21 November. Skipper Dave Bickerstaff was spotted clinging to a buoy and rescued. The body of 26-year-old Adam Harper was found by divers a few days later, but Robert Morley, 38, is still missing. The memorial was staged in harbour towns to “light his way home”. >click to read< 10:47

Official inquiry launched into the sinking of the F/V Joanna C, an exclusion zone has been set

An exclusion zone has been set up around the wrecked Brixham scalloper as part of the investigation. An official government investigation into the sinking of the Brixham fishing boat Joanna C has begun. The 45-foot scalloper went down early in the morning on November 21. The MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) investigates all maritime accidents in UK waters and accidents involving UK registered ships worldwide. It sets out to establish the cause of accidents, to promote awareness of risks and prevent recurrence. >click to read< 08:42

Breaking: Body of missing commercial fisherman Adam Harper has been found, and recovered

The body of a fisherman has been recovered after a trawler capsized off the Sussex coast. Police said divers brought the body of 26-year-old Adam Harper, from Brixham, Devon, up from the wreck of the Joanna C on Monday night. Another fisherman, Robert Morley, 38, of Pembrokeshire is still missing after the boat sank on Saturday. A spokesman for the Sussex Police said: “Our thoughts are with their families at this time.” >click to read< 09:35

F/V Joanna C: Search for two missing Brixham fishermen is called off

HM Coastguard has confirmed that the search operation was called off this afternoon, November 22, at 2.30pm. The search began at 6am on November 21, when HM Coastguard received an EPIRB alert located three nautical miles off the coast at Seaford near Newhaven, from the EPIRB (emergency beacon) from the vessel. No further official information has been provided about the missing men who were on a 45 foot scalloping vessel, Joanna C sank when it sank off Newhaven in East Sussex yesterday. >click to read< 07:27  Former fisherman Tony Rowe, 40, of Brixham, was shocked to not only hear of the news but to discover the boat was one has previously owned, and has started a gofundme page, >click to donate<  Prayers and wishes pour in for Brixham fishermen>click to read<, Two day search for two fisherman missing at sea is called off after their ‘scallop wars’ boat sank off the Sussex coast>click to read<

Distraught mum of missing ‘scallop wars’ fisherman desperate ‘for sea to give him back’ after ‘freak wave’ sank boat

HM Coastguard vessels, helicopters and RNLI lifeboats were scrambled around 6am after the F/V Joanna C sent an EPIRB alert,,, Huge searches have launched again today in a bid to find Mr. Morley and Adam Harper, 26. It’s claimed that Mr. Harper stayed with the stricken boat because he can’t swim. A third man, skipper Dave Bickerstaff, 34, was rescued from the water off East Sussex after the 45ft scallop vessel overturned. He was found holding onto a lifebuoy almost four hours after the tragedy off the coast of Seaford, near Newhaven. Mr Morley’s devastated mum Jackie Woolford says her son is believed to have lost hold of a safety ring he’d been clinging to with his friend.,,, The Joanna C was previously involved in the scallop wars, a long-standing dispute between Brit and French fishermen. >photos, video, Click to read< 15:45

Search for missing fishermen off Sussex coast resumes

A major rescue effort began off Seaford, near Newhaven, on Saturday when the coastguard received an emergency alert at about 06:00 GMT. One crew member was found clinging to a buoy and taken to hospital. Two crew members from the boat, the Joanna C, remain missing. The search for them was suspended at 23:00 and resumed at first light this morning. The emergency signal put the 45ft scalloping vessel, registered in Brixham, about three nautical miles off the coast. Throughout Saturday a number of vessels, including local fishing boats, took part in the search. >click to read< 06:45

EPIRB Alert: One fisherman rescued as frantic search for two fishermen is underway after boat sinks off Newhaven

Fishing boat Joanna C sank at about 6am this morning off Newhaven in East Sussex with three crew members on board. One man was rescued from the water by Newhaven lifeboat after he was found clinging to a lifebuoy. He has been transferred to hospital for treatment. However the search continues across the south coast for the two other missing fishermen. The search began at 6am this morning, when HM Coastguard received an EPIRB alert located three nautical miles off the coast at Seaford near Newhaven, from the vessel’s emergency beacon. The>fishing vessel Joanna C is a 45 foot scalloping vessel< registered in Brixham and three people were on board at the time of the sinking.  >click to read< 07:08

Brixham beam trawler, Margaret of Ladram smashes Brixham port record

Waterdance’s beam trawler Margaret of Ladram smashed Brixham fish market’s record this week, landing the biggest grossing trip the port has ever seen. After landing in Brixham, skipper Adam Cowan-Dickie turned Margaret of Ladram around and was back at sea when the confirmation of the £126,000 grossing came through. This trip was also his first back at sea after travelling to Japan to watch his son Luke play for England in the rugby world cup. >click to read< 22:22

Brexit Hopes Fade for Some Who Want It So Badly

The faded Welsh industrial port of Milford Haven and the picturesque English harbor town of Brixham are economic worlds apart, but they’re both desperate to leave the European Union. Locals say Brexit can boost their fishing industry, hit by competition from foreign fleets and quotas on catches during 44 years of EU membership. The worry is that the country will repeat the mistakes on the way out they say were made on the way in by ceding to too many European demands. What they don’t want is to end up with access to more fish, though fewer markets. “There’s a lot of bargaining and we need to come down hard and do something about it,” said Mark Albery, 43, who catches lobster, crab and whelk in the waters off Milford Haven on Wales’s southwestern tip. A fisherman since he was a teenager, he’s not optimistic over a favorable deal. “Not with this country, no, not at all. We just do what we’re told in the end.” click here to read the story 15:32

Statute Unveiled – Brixham honours fishermen lost at sea

A statue to honour those lost at sea has been unveiled at one of the UK’s last fishing ports after a decade of fundraising. It took residents in Brixham, Devon, 10 years to raise the £76,000 needed. Artist Elizabeth Hadley was commissioned to create the bronze life-size Man and Boy statue. Eighty-three British commercial fishermen died in the past decade at sea, according to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. Victoria Bowen, who helped fundraise said: “It’s a high-risk industry and it’s important people remember what these guys face when they are bringing home what they call ‘the silvery harvest’.” Read the rest here with 19:00

Brexit – Many in British Fishing Port Want E.U. Out of Their Waters

15brexitfish-web01-jumboBrixham, England — Mike Walker, a retired fisherman here, sums up what many in this southern English port town think of the European Union. Britain’s membership in the 28-nation union has encouraged France, Spain, the Netherlands and “the rest of them lot” to “come rape our waters,” Mr. Walker said. Others here might use less extreme language. But Mr. Walker’s opinion resonates in this town of 17,000. And it signals a wider British discomfort with the European Union before the country votes in a June 23 referendum on whether to quit the union. Whether their grievances involve fish, immigrants or meddlesome rules, many Britons resent what they view as interference by European institutions and bureaucrats based in Brussels. Read the rest here 17:38