Harbour News 11 July-2 August 2016

50 arrivals for the period

Whitefish landings have tailed off as is the case every summer and a total of 4400 boxes were landed from two Scottish and ten Anglo-Spanish vessels. The Banff-registered pair trawler Audacious BF 83 made a welcome return to the harbour accompanied by his partner the Fraserburgh-registered Adorne FR 220 both of whom had been fishing haddocks at Rockall. The Anglo fleet continue to enjoy very good hake and ling fishing along the shelf edge.  A number of boats have returned to Spain for their summer break and refits.

The Shellfish sector has been very busy with 30 landings from visiting prawn trawlers along with the daily efforts of the local inshore fleet. The offshore crabbers continue to land weekly with mixed results.

Non-fishing fairly quiet with the fishfarm support vessels Ossian and Tie Venture in for fuel, the dive support vessel Moorfowl day running and the Lerwick registered super trawler Altaire in to discharge equipment and personnel at the end of the series of Marine Scotland mackerel egg surveys.

The harbour expects a number of cruise visits over the coming week with the Albatros in on the 3rd August followed by the Pacific Princess on the 8th and the Seabourn Quest and Ocean Majesty on the 10th.  Both the Pacific Princess and Seabourn Quest are maiden calls to the village so here’s hoping the weather is fair throughout.

Massive congratulations to the Ullapool & District Pipe Band who were crowned Scottish Champions in Dumbarton last weekend, fantastic result – only the Worlds to go now!