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

Twenty-two feared dead as trawler sinks

A South Korean fishing boat sank in the Southern Ocean's frigid waters yesterday, with 22 sailors feared killed in the open sea where vessels trawl for deep-water fish.

Adrift boys were looking for vodka

Three teenagers cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean for 50 days admitted yesterday that they had been in search of vodka.

Chinese trawler captain released

Japan has released a Chinese trawler captain at the centre of a fierce row that has threatened ties between Asia's two biggest economies, Kyodo news agency reported. The agency had earlier said the captain would return to China on Saturday.

Japan releases China boat captain in sea dispute

Japan today released a Chinese trawler captain at the heart of a intense territorial row with China that Tokyo had warned was threatening to damage Asia's two biggest economies, Japanese media reported.

China severs diplomatic contacts with Japan over detention of trawler captain

China yesterday broke off high-level government contacts with Japan over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested near disputed islands. The rare move pushed already tense relations to a new low, and showed China's willingness to play hardball with its Asian rival on issues of territorial integrity.

Crew from Chinese trawler freed

Japan has freed 14 crew members of a Chinese fishing vessel, nearly a week after their trawler and two Japanese patrol boats collided near disputed southern islets. But China attacked Tokyo's decision to keep the captain in custody.

Leading article: Love and hate

The French are known for their unfathomable statements, as football fans will remember from Eric Cantona's musings about seagulls and trawlers. But we Anglo-Saxons had always assumed that the problem was one of cultural translation. We didn't know what they were going on about, but we assumed that they did. Well now we know otherwise. The incomprehension is more than mutual; it exists between compatriots too. How else can we explain the chasm of understanding between Gérard Depardieu and Juliette Binoche? Last month the actor lashed out in an interview saying the actress was a performer who "has nothing, absolutely nothing". Now Mme Binoche, usually known for her sweetness on and off screen, has suggested M. Depardieu might be suffering from psychological problems.

Last Night's TV: Springwatch High Seas with Gordon Buchanan, BBC2<br />Location Location Location, Channel 4<br />All at Sea, ITV1

There's something comforting about Springwatch, isn't there? While ITV recruits armies of minor-league slebs to navigate their coastlines (on which, more to follow), the BBC is content to give us Gordon Buchanan in Springwatch High Seas. And what a wise move it was to. He was an absolute joy: charming, irresistibly enthusiastic, not to mention genuinely knowledgeable on all the things that matter – in this instance, mackerel and killer whales. He was trying to find the latter, by following the former, all while sticking to the British coast: yes, killer whales in Britain! It was all terribly exciting.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum, BBC4 <br> All at Sea, ITV1

First-class trip to a brave old world

How the Seychelles became a pirates' paradise

With Somali buccaneers heading south in search of a safe haven, the islanders fear for their honeymoon reputation and fishing livelihoods. Daniel Howden reports from Port Victoria

Happy birthday, fish & chips! Celebrating 150 years of a great Great British institution

The perennial favourite takeaway dish has survived many fads, famine and wars to keep its place firmly in the nation's heart

MoD bolsters arsenal with 265-year-old salvaged guns

Treasure-hunters sell two bronze cannons recovered from sunken RN warship

Frank Malley: Premier League player cap a potential bonus for England

At last, it appears, a dash of common sense from the Premier League.

The watery grave of Europe's monsters

Fossils dredged up from the North Sea are revealing the exotic creatures that roamed the continent thousands of years ago

Why we became pirates, by the nomad jailed for life

“In our culture we were nomads and we believed it was our right to take sheep, to take cattle. That is how we see the ships. They are our sheep and we will take them.”

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