Please see below press release from the Fishermen’s Mission:




“Official Opening of Fishermen’s Crew Room, Quayside, Amble

The official opening of the Fishermen’s Crew Room took place on Sunday 22nd September as part of the Coble Day event in Amble.

The ceremony was led by Superintendent Peter Dade, Mission Area Officer covering Amble to Redcar.

Present were Angela Woodburn, Commercial Manager Warkworth Harbour Commissioners; Alan Punton, Harbour Master Warkworth Harbour Commissioners; Simon Baxter, Programme Officer North of Tyne FLAG, and Honorary Agent Fishermen’s Mission Amble; Stuart Handyside, skipper Amble fishing trawler Fidelity and two of his crew, Angelito and Maty, and Albert, Mascot of the Fishermen’s Mission!

Peter welcomed everybody and then asked Angela to say a few words of how the Crew Room came to be. She said “the Commissioners are very grateful to their team and the local fishing community who have contributed time and ideas to the design and build of the new units and crew room, particular thanks to Simon Baxter who has given great support throughout the FLAG grant application process and finally, to the Fishermen’s Mission  and to the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) whose grant has kindly paid for the internal fit out of the crew room which we hope will be well used and of real benefit to fishermen.”

Peter thanked Sophie Davies, Trusts and Legacy Manager at Fishermen’s Mission Head Office and David Dickens, Chief Executive of the Fishermen’s Mission for applying for the successful grant of £4912.00, from the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB).

The Crew room was then officially opened by two of the crew of the Amble fishing trawler Fidelity, Angelito and Maty, with support from Albert who gave the new facility a thumbs up!

It was time then to view the excellent facilities; industrial washing machine, and dryer, shower unit, and WC, seating area and small table for the fishermen to use.

The grant from the MNWB covers all the main equipment the fishermen will use.

The ceremony concluded with a Blessing on the Fishermen’s Crew Room and all who will use it. Those present then raised a toast to the success of the Fishermen’s Crew Room.

Peter Dade, MAO North Shields.”


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Don’t miss your chance to help shape future fisheries management in the Northumberland IFCA district. Consultation questionnaires for trawling and dredging HERE.

Closing date 14th October – we look forward to hearing from you.

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See the information below from the MCA:





“The MCA is hosting a roadshow around the UK to answer questions and help get the fishing community up to speed with existing requirements and proposed changes.

Ports the MCA intend to visit are listed below. Keep an eye on the list to find out when the MCA will be visiting a location near you – full details including venues, dates and times will be updated here, but please check back nearer the time of your event to confirm final details as they could change.”

Full details about this roadshow can be found HERE.

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Newcastle University are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to collect, curate and analyse the Long Term Plankton and Benthic Dove Time Series.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science – preferably marine science, and ideally a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject – oceanography, marine science, biology, ecology.

Full details of this position can be found HERE.

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Northumberland IFCA intends to introduce a byelaw to replace the FISH MOLLUSC AND CRUSTACEA MINIMUM SIZE EMERGENCY BYELAW 2019. The intention of this byelaw is to protect pre-spawning fish and shellfish from commercial and recreational fishing activities.

The informal consultation ends at midnight on 31st October 2019.  For more information, including how to contribute to the consultation, please click HERE.

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Press release below from the Fishermen’s Mission:




A first for the charity the Fishermen’s Mission. Something for everyone, every age and every budget. If you’re celebrating a big birthday or anniversary, take all your friends and family on an exclusive boat trip or to a cottage in the Highlands. Love rugby, there’s a rugby ball signed by a Welsh International player. Stuck for the perfect gift, there are handmade crafted items, something for everyone. Accommodation in beautiful places, gifts and delicious goodies from the Orkneys, this is a delight for the eyes. Unique gifts from generous supporters. An online auction of 50 items, is now live and everything must end on Friday 1st November. Register and bid at

The charity’s aims of practical welfare and emergency support comes from a small team of full time, part time and volunteers. “Individuals and businesses have given generously and creatively. We’re delighted with the range of gifts and experiences listed on this online auction. The monies are vital as the charity rely on donations. For every £1 donated, 88p is spent on providing the services to fishermen, active, retired, as well as their families,” said Alison Godfrey, Director of Business Development.

Trip for two on the St Aidan, Northumberland








Seafood hamper to the value of £100







For further details contact either: Julian Waring, 07917754349

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