Robert Broderick owner and skipper of the Cygnus 32, 'Northern Lights', has secured over £11,000 of Objective One Fisheries Grant investment towards the installation of a custom built self shooting system for putting his pots through the transom of the boat, a new mizzen and a replacement wheelhouse.

The 'Northern Lights' is an under 10 metre vessel, worked by skipper Mr Broderick, his son Daniel and Mark Cox. The vessel is crabbing all year, working for lobsters, crab and spider crab in a radius of 20 miles from Newquay Harbour.

'Northern Lights' before the improvements

The project entailed a number of improvements to the working conditions on board the boat. These included the transom to be cut out for the self shooting system which means that each string of pots can be sent overboard without handling; the replacement of the aft wheelhouse with a new forward wheelhouse giving more comfort and shelter for the crew and the construction of a mizzen mast and sail at stern of boat to increase the stability on board the boat whilst pots are being hauled. The project has not only increased the safety on board the boat, but it has also lessened the physical strain of shooting 15 strings, (450 pots) a day.

'Northern Lights' after the improvements

Mr Broderick owner and skipper of Northern Lights said: "We decided to give the vessel a full refit at the same time as the Objective One grant work was in progress. This included a new engine from Mermaid Marine. The whole job was completed at the Gaffers & Luggers boat yard in Falmouth (owned by Martin Heard), in just 10 weeks. The improvements to the Northern Lights have made the vessel a pleasure to work for myself and my crew. We wish we had done this 20 years ago. Many thanks to Objective One and Martin Heard and family."

Clare Leverton Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager commented: "Improvement projects on boats like this make a significant difference to working on deck and can help the skipper to recruit and retain crew. The Cornish fleet has had problems in keeping crews in the past, but is trying to address this problem."

Further information contact Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager on 01872 270333 or email:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Vessel Modernisation 'Northern Lights' FEP 765 project through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund (FIFG).


Editors notes:

Objective One Fisheries Programme

Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide over £10 million from April 2001 to March 2006 to the fishing industry in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The funds are a mixture of EU and national funds, through the Financial Instruments for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The projects are approved by the DEFRA in partnership with an Objective One Fisheries Management Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South West Pesca Ltd assists applicants to develop projects by providing guidance and help on completing application forms and submitting applications.

Up to 40% (35% EU and 5% National) grants are available for the private sector projects and 75% grants for the public sector projects. So far 211 projects have been approved with £5,243,214 of funds committed to these projects.

Examples of projects funded by the Objective One Programme:

Vessel Modernisation:
Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish quality on board fishing vessels, and improvements to crew comfort and working conditions
Improvement of fishing ports
Processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products
Product promotion
Projects by members of the trade of collective benefit to the fishing industry
Innovative measures
Protection and development of aquatic resources by fixed of movable Structures

For further information contact, Clare Leverton, South West Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333 Fax: 01872 242470


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439