Well we started the year by making more nets today and net making has been prevalent in our daily work schedule over the past six weeks since we started this venture. This is due to a few reasons. When we took over the running of the "Clairvoyant" in mid October 2012 the vessel had no nets that could be used so naturally we have had to make some.
To target different species a large variation of nets and consequent mesh sizes are required. This is not just an operational requirement but it is a legal condition too. We have to follow EU regulations and in particular have to heed the instruction from the much vaunted EU " Blue Book" which contains all of the legislation applicable to us. To read the document please see http://www.marinemanagement.org.uk/fisheries/monitoring/documents/blue_book_e.pdf
There are also quotas to consider too and each month quotas are given out for all types of fishing vessels. Our vessel is under 10 mtrs registered length and we therefore have to keep a close eye on the U 10mtr quota allocation which changes from month to month and also occasionally it can change from day to day.
In a nutshell it means that we have to diversify our fishing methods and have to be adaptable and be able to embrace the EU regulations and quota changes. This results in the necessity to have several differing types of nets with differing mesh sizes that we can either put on or taken off the boat.
To have a look at the quotas please see