Modern fishing vessel at work

Herring fisheries during the winter spawning season along the Norwegian west coast in the 1950s were among the biggest fisheries in the world.
The most modern Seiners of the time looks primitive today and the work was both hard and risky. Here is a video from 1957: (In Norwegian only)

Things have changed today. Modern Seiner/Trawlers are among the best equipped, safe and crew comfort is 1st class:


Brunvoll has been awarded a contract with the Danish Karstensen Shipyard for the delivery of a propulsion and maneuvering system for six new fishing boats.
The vessels will be delivered to Norwegian, Swedish and Scottish owners over the next two years.
Here is one of them:

Gollenes in Herøy has entered into a contract for the construction of a 69.99 meter long Pelagic trawler that will replace their vessel of the same name. The boat will be built at Karstensen’s Shipyard in Denmark, but will have a propulsion system from Brunvoll.

Here is the old Gollenes, built at the same yard in 2011:
Gollenes is a pelagic trawler based in Fosnavåg, Herøy in Møre and Romsdal.
The boat is owned by Gollenes AS:
-Built at Karstensens Skibsværft AS, Skagen, Denmark in 2011.
-IMO no .: 9598622
-Length:: 62.6 m
-Width: 12.8 m
-Gross tonnage: 1427

British Factory trawler Kirkella in the Barents Sea

Hit by Brexit:

PS> She is back fishing off Norway now. Presently in Ålesund.

Seiner Radek, ex. Bømmlafjord, blt 1968:

See the difference 53 years make.
Hardhaus, Battery hybrid Seiner/Trawler, blt. Turkey 2021:

Hardhaus has been performing sea trials around Ålesund today:

When you want to go fishing, go fast to/from the fishing grounds:

Iceland’s Trefjar has delivered a new longliner to Norwegian fisherman Kjetil Måløy of Ålesund. The boat, named Safir, has a length of 10.97 metres, a displacement of 14 tonnes, a mess with galley, and sleeping berths for three people.
An FPT C13 484kW engine is fitted on the newbuild, which is already sailing operationally.


The Russian Factory Trawler Polar Star arrived in Ålesund this morning:

She is the former Greenland shrimp trawler Polar Qaasiut:

Video from shrimp trawling off Greenland:

From today (behind pay wall):

PS> Google translation. (with a little help)


New Zealand fishing vessels also fish for Toothfish but it is one of a long list of fish that are not sold in NZ. Fish caught in NZ but virtually all exported are: turbot, plaice, pacific salmon and especially crayfish (spiny lobster). The lack of claws is a plus for Chinese consumption and special charter flights were laid on ($300 million) to fly them to China. I haven’t had one since I stopped diving.
Bluff oysters can not be exported and are judged as one of the finest in the world. They are now so expensive I have forgotten what they taste like as well. Oysters were cheaper in New York.

Here is one of the NZ longliners that is catching toothfish legally.
The Janas. ex Kapitain Kartasov. blt. in Norway 1993:

But were they Bluff oysters??
Nothing else compares!!

The crabber Hunter heading for Vegsund Shipyard :

For some much needed tender loving care, after some months laying idle here in Ålesund:

She will be heading back to the Barents Sea when the crabbing season starts again.

PS> Snow cab is not native to the Barents Sea, but has become a profitable fishery for boats from several nations. It is regulated by Russia and Norway, but with EU wanting to have a say as well:

The Russian Factory trawler Polar Star seen heading in the same direction, but bound for the Fiskestrand Shipyard:

Does she fuel Crab or Snake oil?

Don’t know, but being idle is not good for anyone.

I agree. I was offered three different types and I sampled them all. They were very good but not Bluff.
A pilot for Bluff who sailed as 3rd mate with me used to send me a tin of 5 dozen each year from family sources. These days they would have to be couriered by an armed guard.