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Harbour News 28 March–10 April 2018

29 arrivals for the period

Whitefish totalled 16,500 boxes from fifteen Scottish trawlers, six Anglo-Spanish long liners and a Portuguese freezer netter. The seasonal Rockall haddock fishery has seen vessels fishing steadily and landing every ten days. Additionally the Scottish fleet has been fishing traditional grounds to the north and west of the Butt of Lewis for monkfish, megrim, haddock and cod. The Anglo fleet continue to land fresh hake and ling from the shelf edge and the Portuguese netter landed frozen processed monkfish from deep-water.

Last weekend was the busiest whitefish weekend for a decade – over 9,000 boxes were landed in a forty-eight-hour period.

Shellfish continues to be very quiet; a single visiting prawn trawler landed before heading south to Newlyn; the local fleet continue to work away landing weekly.

Non-fishing saw the fishfarm support vessels Voe Viking and Sally Ann in for equipment and fuel and the luxury cruise ship Hebridean Princess called in for her first of five scheduled calls this season.

Tall Ships make a welcome return to the village this week with the arrival of the 144ft three- masted schooner Blue Clipper. Tall Ship Blue Clipper was built in 1991 at Feab Marstrandsverken in Sweden and was previously owned by the famous brandy company Hennessy before being purchased by the adventure sailing company Maybe Sailing. Blue Clipper will be berthed on the caisson for seven days before heading off on a two- week cruise to Faroe and Iceland. Check out http://www.maybe-sailing.com/ for further details.

Tall Ship Tecla left Amsterdam for Ullapool on 9th April and is due to arrive on Sunday 22nd.  She will be undertaking voyages to St Kilda, the Hebrides and Reykjavik from 23rd April all the way through May and fantastic adventures are planned in Iceland and Greenland throughout the summer.  For more information, see http://www.tecla-sailing.com/sailing-schedule-2018/.

Harbour Projects

Work continues steadily on the Wee Jetty.  New concrete extensions will be on both sides and the end by Friday of this week. A new top surface will then be formed to raise the structure by eight inches.   The sixty foot extension made from fourteen pre-made concrete culverts will be lifted into place and flooded with further concrete to consolidate the structure.

The Changing Place and Community Workshop are also taking shape; both plumbers and electricians completed their first fix this week. This will allow other trades in to install the underfloor heating, insulation and wall coverings.

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