conditions onboard 'Cyclone'
Kevin Matthews, owner and skipper of the Newquay based fishing vessel ‘Cyclone’ has been awarded a £1,270 Objective One Fisheries grant to help working conditions on board his boat.
While the Cyclone is potting for shellfish around Cornwalls coast, the
grant funded net hauler and roller will help make the crew's job easier.
This equipment will help to haul in shellfish pots, as instead of the
fishermen leaning over the side of the boat to reach the pots, the roller
and hauler pulls the pots into the boat mechanically. Once in the boat
the shellfish are removed, the pots cleaned and baited and finally put
back into the sea.
Fishermen can haul up to 200 pots a day so this equipment will dramatically reduce the backbreaking work involved in hauling shellfish pots and make the operation safer for the crew.
Alison Elvey, Fisheries Programme Manager stated, “This is a simple
but effective method of improving working conditions on a small potter
and will help to extend fishermen’s working lives. As it remains difficult
to recruit and retain crew in the fishing industry, any project which
can make life easier for fishermen on board their vessels, especially
when dealing with difficult seas, is encouraged."
Kevin Matthews skipper of the ‘Cyclone’ said, “This will greatly help
the bad back problems suffered by all crabbers and will also be a great
ease on the workload.”
Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager
Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD