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#1 Frances144

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 10:43 PM

We've just come home from a night out and noticed many many boats just off the coast between Foula and Mid Walls.  I could count between 10-15 - all nicely spread out.

 

I have never seen so many.  Apparently they were there this morning too when daughter was riding her horse out.

Why or is this usual and I just never noticed?



#2 MuckleJoannie

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 10:49 PM

Probably where the fish are so the boats are there too.


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#3 Frances144

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 10:30 AM

Interesting.  I have never seen so many boats in my 20 years here.  Thanks, @MuckleJoanie.



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Posted 31 October 2018 - 01:19 PM

Word is that non-U.K boats have been fishing around Shetland in ever increasing numbers for the last several weeks, and arguaby now could well be present in unprecedented numbers. Prompting the cynics (realists?) to claim that they're scooping up every damn thing they can get their hands on before they're kicked out of it in March. Especially as the Scot's Fishieries Protection outfit seems to be always loitering around where the most UK boats are concentrated, but is never seen near anyone else whenever their presence is checked on AIS.


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#5 Colin

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 02:23 PM

Just happens that "Jura" is loitering(?) at the pier just now



#6 Ghostrider

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 04:40 PM

^ They'll be come in so they can drink their Scotch without spilling any for a little while.



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Posted 31 October 2018 - 08:38 PM

If you look at Marinetraffic.com online you will be able to see the huge amount of shipping around Shetland all the time. (Doesn’t show those who have switched off their transponder to hide from the fisheries protection vessels)
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#8 BGDDisco

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 08:29 AM

I think they turn the AIS off to hide from each other, not giving away a good fishing mark to the competition. Fishermen are all good friends on the surface, but it's still a dog-eat-dog business.



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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:20 AM

What  probably should be of most concern to us all is the size of many of those fishing vessels and the amount of fish they are capable of catching.

 

The question-   Is this industry sustainable considering the amount of fish being caught,experts would say yes but it makes me wonder.

 

Sad when the boats go off and no fish left for them as happened to the Canadian cod,but I understand that is now recovering after many years.

 

Never mind when our highly educated very experienced UK politicians get control of the waters everything will be just fine. :ponders:



#10 Frances144

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:43 AM

If you look at Marinetraffic.com online you will be able to see the huge amount of shipping around Shetland all the time. (Doesn’t show those who have switched off their transponder to hide from the fisheries protection vessels)

Strangely enough they don't show up!



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Posted 01 November 2018 - 09:22 PM

I used to be a fisherman the boats skipper can turn his transponder off from other fishing boats but they can't turn it off from the fisheries protection folk in Edinburgh. :thmbsup


Edited by scooper, 01 November 2018 - 09:23 PM.


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:32 PM



#13 Ghostrider

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Posted 04 November 2018 - 02:55 PM

Hans and the boys read Shetlink I doot. ;-)