Latest fishing news from the Ajax

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Steaming home in poor weather.

At this time of year when the weather has that wintry feel, boats like the Ajax often steam for over 12 hours in weather like this to bring their catch home to market.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Hunting hake - Newlyn to the Irish Sea, Isle of Man and then head south west.

After trying a couple of days north and south of the Isle of Man, the Ajax finds herself a few miles off the southern Irish coast - hunting hake.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Trawler Tales - episode 1 foucuses on the Ajax tonight

Trawler Tales on ITV at 8pm tonight, first of three episodes.

The small town has 800 fishermen, one of whom is Alan, the skipper of the Ajax boat. He and his crew spend more time at sea together than they do at home. First mate Matt is the skipper’s second in command and gives an insight into their daily grind. He says: “I’ve got a rough idea about how this fishing works and it’s not just about shooting nets. There’s a whole heap of things about tides and winds and fish movements and fish feeds – you know, how the fish are feeding. There’s a lot to it. Yeah, there’s a lot of skill involved but then again there’s also a little bit of luck – Alan’s Irish and they say, ‘The luck of the Irish,’ so that may help him as well. I’m from the Midlands so no luck – that’s why I came to Cornwall.”

After a tricky six days at sea in which they break their £7,000 nets in their struggle to find fish, the Ajax is finally heading back to port and Alan is looking forward to seeing his wife Lynda and daughter Merryn. He says: “Merryn’s five now, she’s funny. We only found out recently that she has mild autism. We go along with her, like, and it’s easier for us to get into her world than try to teach her how to get into ours. So that’s the way we’ve been doing it and whether that’s right or wrong I don’t know but she seems to get along better when we try to do it that way.”

Friday, 30 October 2015

Ajax fishing news calendar updated with Twitter feed.

The calendar (right sidebar) has been updated to include the latest @Ajax_Hake news on Twitter...

while the VesselTracker AIS will track her position so long as she remains in range.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

BIM guide to good practice handling hake at sea.

Optimal handling and storage practices at sea and ashore are essential elements in the management of fish quality and the achievement of maximum return on national and international markets. Freshness, describes the degree of spoilage a fish has undergone since capture and is an important indicator for consumers. Very importantly, and unlike many other quality attributes, this is an area within the management of the catch, over which the fishing industry exerts significant control.

The Ajax and along with the 14 other Cornish #hake netters accredited to land #MSC Certified Cornish Hake follow these handing guidelines at sea in order to land the best quality fish on the market in Newlyn.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

New Ajax website address.

First there was Ajax AH32....

then there was Ajax TO32...

and now there is Ajax PZ36 and a new website address to celebrate the new boat.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Hottest landing of the year - MSC Cornish hake is here!

CFPO boss Phil Trebilcock and Ajax skipper Alan Dwan are all smiles as the very first MSC accredited Cornish hake are brought up from the fishroom...

and landed ashore into the market fridge ready for grading and laying out for tomorrow's fish auction....