News The Hull-based trawler, the Gaul, which sank in 1974. Tests are being carried out to discover whether human remains found in Russia are those of missing sailors from the trawler that went down in the Barents Sea off Norway with the loss of 36 men

Reason for FV Gaul's demise remains subject of speculation although official 2004 inquiry ruled out conspiracy theories

Risks of the frisk business: Fishing lines

I JUST can't understand it. My wife should be an adoring but exhausted wreck by now. Going outdoors should be a risky venture because of wanton approaches from members of the opposite sex. Being in a crowded place with women should be riskier than testing cheap parachutes.

Poison food

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A crisis without end

THE violent passions that were unleashed by French fishermen in Brittany yesterday signal a deep-seated crisis in the French fishing sector. It shows every sign of deteriorating as the industry stumbles from one crisis to another. The French fishing fleet is in trouble because of a sharp deterioration in the fresh-fish market as more customers turn to cheaper alternatives such as chicken and pork.

Fishermen on rampage in France: Anger at cheap foreign imports leads to an orgy of destruction

ABOUT 1,200 Breton fishermen, angered by cheap foreign competition, ransacked the main Paris wholesale food markets early yesterday before heading off on a wrecking spree in the Channel ports. Trawlers blockaded Calais harbour, disrupting ferry services to Britain.

Fishing offence

The owners of an Anglo Spanish trawler, Slebech III, were fined pounds 102,000 and had their licence revoked for two years by magistrates in Plymouth, Devon, for breaking British and EU fishing regulations.

The smell of success: Business is booming at the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. Adrian Turpin trawls its fragrant exhibits

There's no getting round it: the National Fishing Heritage Centre has an image problem. For a start, it's in Grimsby - the sole tourist attraction in a town whose very name speaks dourness. And then, well, fish and fishing have never been the sexiest of subjects.

European Court to rule on UK fishing controls: Limit on trawlers' days at sea faces two-year delay

A LEGAL attempt by fishermen to outlaw the Government's planned restrictions on the number of days their boats can spend at sea was yesterday referred to the European Court in Luxembourg by the High Court.

Cannabis 'dump' found off Irish coast: Satellite navigation locates drugs

DRUG SMUGGLERS are using the latest satellite navigation technology to operate large-scale offshore drugs warehouses, Customs investigators in Ireland believe, following the discovery off the Cork coast of the third major sea dump in European waters in just over 12 months.

Boats burnt

Fishermen who can no longer make a living from the sea are burning their boats. The first of nearly 30 Ulster trawlers has been destroyed in compliance with an EC scheme to preserve fish stocks. The owners will claim compensation for 'decommissioning' their boats.

Fishing Lines: Why they are no longer slaying our tuna

A RECENT conference in New York called for drastic measures to protect the world's declining stocks of bluefin tuna, or tunny. With annual catches said to be 50 per cent of the breeding population, tunny are now rarer than the common dolphin, which tuna fishermen have been urged to protect.

Trawler arrest

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Fishermen net drugs

TRAWLERMEN netted more than 40kg of cannabis with a street value of pounds 50,000 from the seabed off the Dyfed coast near Milford Haven. It was the third drugs find made by men on the Achernar, a Brittany-based trawler, at the same spot in a fortnight.

Submarine snagged trawler

An American nuclear submarine which snagged the nets of a fishing boat and dragged it backwards in the Irish Sea broke safety rules for the area, the US said.

Sailing: America's Cup plays fair at last: Stuart Alexander on a rule change that will bring hope to challengers

Few people predicted it would ever happen, but this week in San Diego should see a major change in the America's Cup rules which happily would boost the chances of Britain winning back what it lost in 1851. Unfortunately, all the other challengers for the 'Auld Mug' will also benefit.

The answers are all around us: Westminster should look to local communities to solve Britain's problems, says Paddy Ashdown

DURING the past three months I have spent two and a half days each week away from Westminster, living and working with some of the communities of our country. It was a private tour, without the press or politician's razzmatazz.
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