Fersness Bay Shellfish Ban Lifted

An article in today’s Orcadian newspaper states that the temporary ban on the commercial harvesting of shellfish from Fersness Bay in Eday has been lifted. The Food Standards Agency (Scotland) put the ban in place in July after a regular monitoring programme detected the presence of naturally occurring toxin producing plankton in the area. These […]



Emergency tugs rethink needed says OIC

Government plans to end the contract for emergency tug cover in Scotland’s northern waters from September 30 has led to Criticism from OIC convener Stephen Hagan, His opinions are shared by those within the UK government, and from island local authorities and Orkney and Shetland’s MP. Councillor Hagan said: “The UK Government is ignoring concerns […]



Aquacuture Planning Streamline Bid

Combined efforts of the local authorities address aquaculture application and decision-making processes. Shetland  Islands Council’s Planning Service has been working with Argyll and Bute, Western Isles, Orkney and Highland to streamline planning processes for aquaculture so that they match up with the existing land planning system. This includes the introduction of online applications and a […]



Scottish Sea Farms Creates Community Trust

The Heart of the Community Trust has been created by Scottish Sea Farms. Backed by £250,000 investment in 2011 and available for community projects in Shetland, Orkney, Highland, Argyll and Dumfries. Elderly residents of Smiddybrae House in Orkney are the first to benefit from the brand new charitable trust launched in March by Scottish Sea […]



Museum exhibition highlights Orkney boats

The latest exhibition in Orkney highlights the importance of the small fishing boat to the Orkney community. ‘Salt in the Blood: Orkney and the Sea’ looks at the role of small, traditional boats around Orkney through first-hand accounts from the people who used them. The exhibition, at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall, runs throughout […]



Funding for Scrabster Harbour

A recent article in Fishnewseu.com reports an injection of funds for the redevelopment of Scrabster Harbour. The Scottish Government has agreed to contribute £2.2 million to a funding package of about £20 million for the redevelopment project. The work will include upgrading facilities at the port for existing users, including the fisheries and freight industries, […]



EU to change quota system

Recent campaigning has led to a victory as the EU agrees to end the wasteful fish quota system.



Harbour wall poem

Four stone triangles inset into the wall on Kirkwall harbour have the words of an old poem carved into them.



Eating out in Orkney

To find some wonderful places to eat out in Orkney, visit our sister website www.orkney-food-trail.com.



Expanding catch quota trial

World Fishing and Aquaculture reported this week that Scotland is expanding its catch quota trial in a bid to reduce discards.