New satellite communication award for 'Our Ocean Harvester'

Trelawney Fishing Company has been awarded an £2,000 Objective One Fisheries grant to install a state of the art satellite communication system on the Newlyn based vessel 'Our Ocean Harvester'.

This new system will replace the current analog mobile phones, which are now useless when vessels are over 30 miles offshore. The system will enable the crew to transmit information to Trelawney Fish, a fish merchant, by e-mail, fax or telex.

This helps the skipper secure the best prices for his fish, as he can talk to merchants about the best time to land to the market. If the markets have a large amount of fish, the prices are lower, if the skipper can land when there is little other fish, prices will be higher. The project also helps the vessel ensure a consistent supply of fish to Newlyn, as the skipper will land on days when the merchants need fish, when there is limited other supply.

In addition, the crew feel safer at sea when they can keep in touch with other vessels and family. If there is an emergency they can contact ashore at any time.

Alison Elvey, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager stated: “Introducing modern communications technology is very important in the fishing industry, especially when it helps smooth out gluts and oversupply of fish to the markets. In addition, any project which can help fishing vessels maximise prices is very important to securing a future for fishing.”

Godfrey Adams, Project Manager Trelawney Fish stated: “This technology gives us the exact location of the vessel at any time, which is an essential safety factor. It allows us to inform the skipper of market conditions, and also the skipper to inform his agents and producers organisation of his catch and possible landing days. We are very pleased to have secured a grant for what we believe will become an invaluable safety and marketing tool.

Further information contact:
Alison Elvey, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager
Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470


Editors notes:

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388