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New course offers hope for fishing industry

A new maritime training course is being created to increase the rates of young pepole entering into the fishing industry on St Helena. This is a response to concern about the future of the industry, because not enough young people … Continue reading

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Voyage to investigate illegal fishing off Ascension: reporting ban on St Helena media is lifted

A criminal investigation has been carried out into illegal fishing around Ascension Island. But the media on St Helena were banned from reporting on an investigatory expedition aboard the MFV Extractor until it was over (archive picture by Bruce Salt). … Continue reading

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Fishing directors ‘declined council talks’ as vessel lay idle

A lack of public information about the future of St Helena’s first offshore fishing vessel has been called “extremely disturbing” by a councillor – after months without a single fish being caught. Public funds helped to pay for the MFV Extractor, … Continue reading

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Net saving? Ascension no-fishing zone could cost £3m – or not

Creating one of the world’s biggest marine protection zones around Ascension Island could cost the UK about £3 million a year – at a Conservative estimate. The conservationist estimate, on the other hand, is only £400,000 a year. Click the … Continue reading

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Trevor O Thomas: a tribute from a friend

Trevor Otto Thomas did not hesitate when the call came to go to the aid of a yacht crew, drifting rudderless in heavy seas, far out into the ocean. He helped save their lives. Three months later, no one was able … Continue reading

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How to catch a very big fish, the St Helena way

The following video may not be of the best quality but if you’ve never seen St Helenians pole-fishing for tuna, it’s certainly an eye-opener. The ending may come as a surprise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKnUFgeHScE

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Expert quit island three days after drink-drive ban

Fisheries adviser Mark Brumbill was convicted of drink-driving only three days before leaving St Helena without serving out his contract, it has been confirmed. St Helena Government reported that “serious threats” had been made against his family when it announced … Continue reading

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‘Threats’ blamed as family quits island (amended text)

(This story has been amended in the light of emerging information that suggests that the unspecified threats against Mark Brumbill may well not relate to his work with the fishing industry) The expert brought in to build up St Helena’s … Continue reading

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Trawler visit is first step to buying island boats, says Rob

St Helena could build up its own fleet of off-shore trawlers if exploratory fishing off the island’s sea mounts is successful, according to enterprise chief Rob Midwinter. He said investors would demand proof that there were enough fish to catch … Continue reading

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Watersports are on the horizon – for tourists and Saints

Jamestown’s historic seafront is set to bustle with watersports activities when well-off tourists begin flying into the island from 2016 – and Saints could join the fun.  Yachtmaster Hedge Shuter told Saint FM listeners: “People are going to want to … Continue reading

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