The Waterdance owned beam trawler, Margaret of Ladram, seen here with the Sumwing beam trawl, and her crew have smashed the Brixham port sale record, again!. Photo: Seafish
The Waterdance owned beam trawler, Margaret of Ladram and her crew have smashed the Brixham port sale record, again, after landing a huge catch from the Irish Sea.
Adam Cowan-Dickie and his team broke the record when their recent catch sold for £155,000. The previous record was also set by Adam and his team on the Margaret of Ladram who landed a catch worth £125,000 in November 2019.
The catch was landed into Holyhead, after fishing in the English part of the Irish Sea. This involved fishing around and inbetween wind farms and protected areas, whilst also adhering to strict quota regulation and minimum sizes.
The team are pictured here below the new beam gear trialled on the Margaret, the Sumwing.
“The gear has been showing impressive results of reduced seabed contact, up to 30% in fuel savings and, as proved by this fantastic catch, hasn’t hindered the Margaret’s performance!” says Waterdance.
The trial also showed a substantial reduction in seabed impact due to the shape of the new gear, with a reduction of benthic material discards of 69%. The figures are thought to represent the decreased footprint of the new trawl gear on the seabed, which has improved the quality of the fish caught as well as reducing the wear and tear of the gear, increasing its longevity.
Looking to the future, Waterdance have said they intend to continue their work with Brixham Trawl Makers, who built the Sumwing beam trawl, to further improve this new gear. This will primarily be done with a view to bettering the fishing efficiency of the Sumwing and to maximise its catch volume relative to traditional beams. Waterdance say they are confident that this work will lead to further improvements in the gear whilst maintaining the great results seen in this trial.