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 before they would help island fishermen buy their own vessels – and visiting trawler Southern Star […]

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 go out sports fishing, they’re going to want to do their trips around the island. […]

Old ways pose risk to island food plan

Stuck-in-the-mud growers have been cited as the main threat to plans for St Helena to produce more of its own food. “Inertia” and delay in changing ways of working are identified as a high risk to the island’s draft Growing Forward strategy – with a high potential impact. The paper says strong leadership is needed […]

More UK cash for Enterprise St Helena tourism drive

Extra public funding may be needed to turn St Helena’s tourism plans into reality, aid advisers have acknowledged. The new Enterprise St Helena organisation has made encouraging progress, says the report on the February 2013 Development Assistance Planning Mission (DAPM). More finance from the UK is being considered for the agency when existing funding ends […]

Back to the land? School campaign promotes traditional jobs

A campaign is being launched to make traditional work such as fishing and farming more attractive to young people on St Helena. The Traditional Industries Campaign is to be tied in with teaching at Prince Andrew School. At the same time, a new policy to modernise apprenticeships is being developed by Enterprise St Helena (ESH). The campaign was prompted by […]

Falklands website promotes world-beating fishery

A new marketing website has been launched by the leading seafood exporter on the Falkland Islands, six months after it set up a distribution company in Holland. Fortuna’s website highlights its ability to ship fish directly from the South Atlantic in temperature-controlled containers, after freezing catches on board its vessels. The range of export products […]

Dawn search finds missing crewmen in Stanley (updated)

A search operation involving a helicopter and private launches took place around Stanley Harbour in the Falklands in the early hours of Sunday 12 February, reports Penguin News. Seven crewmen missing from a foreign fishing vessel were eventually found safe and well. No mention is made of who was flying the rescue helicopter. Prince William […]