Fishing

Episode 5

In the sub-zero waters of the Southern Ocean, it's all about survival.
In the sub-zero waters of the Southern Ocean, it's all about survival for the crew of the Sudur Havid.  
 
In the spring of 1998, Matt Lewis was just 23 and not long out of college when he accepted a job as a scientific observer on the deep-sea fishing vessel Sudur Havid. It was his first time as an observer and, with the fishing season already started, he was rushed out to Cape Town to join the crew. The boat then sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet.

'Last Man Off' is Matt Lewis's story of that journey and the fateful consequences. The author waited over 15 years for this story to be told. "I was waiting for more time to make the story less painful," said Lewis. 

Reader: Sam Troughton
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose
 
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.

Episode 4

Even in desperate conditions, the fishing continued.
Though other vessels had pulled in their lines, the Sudur Havid continued to fish, and suffered the consequences.

In the spring of 1998, Matt Lewis was just 23 and not long out of college when he accepted a job as a scientific observer on the deep-sea fishing vessel Sudur Havid. It was his first time as an observer and, with the fishing season already started, he was rushed out to Cape Town to join the crew. The boat then sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet.

'Last Man Off' is Matt Lewis's story of that journey and the fateful consequences. The author waited over 15 years for this story to be told. "I was waiting for more time to make the story less painful," said Lewis.

Reader: Sam Troughton
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose
 
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4

Episode 3

The catches prove disappointing; it's time to move on.
Fishing for the Patagonian Toothfish, the haul has proved disappointing. So a change of scenery is decided on.

In the spring of 1998, Matt Lewis was just 23 and not long out of college when he accepted a job as a scientific observer on the deep-sea fishing vessel Sudur Havid. It was his first time as an observer and, with the fishing season already started, he was rushed out to Cape Town to join the crew. The boat then sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet.

'Last Man Off' is Matt Lewis's story of that journey and the fateful consequences. The author waited over 15 years for this story to be told. "I was waiting for more time to make the story less painful," said Lewis.

Reader: Sam Troughton
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose
 
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.

Episode 1

The fateful story of the fishing boat Sudur Havid.
In his first job as a scientific advisor,  Matt Lewis makes a last-minute and fateful decision to join the fishing vessel Sudur Havid.   

In the spring of 1998, Matt Lewis was just 23 and not long out of college when he accepted a job as a scientific observer on the deep-sea fishing vessel Sudur Havid. It was his first time as an observer and, with the fishing season already started, he was rushed out to Cape Town to join the crew. The boat then sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet.
 
'Last Man Off' is Matt Lewis's story of that journey and the fateful consequences. The author waited over 15 years for this story to be told. "I was waiting for more time to make the story less painful," said Lewis.
 
Matt Lewis was born in Bristol in 1974. He trained as a marine biologist at Bangor University and completed his MSc in marine and fisheries science (with distinction) at Aberdeen University. He now lives in Aberdeen with his wife and two children.
 
Writer: Matt Lewis
Reader: Sam Troughton
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose
 
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.

Episode 2

The Sudur Havid heads to the fishing grounds in the Southern Ocean.
Late for the start of the season, the Sudur Havid heads to the fishing grounds in the Southern Ocean...

In the spring of 1998, Matt Lewis was just 23 and not long out of college when he accepted a job as a scientific observer on the deep-sea fishing vessel Sudur Havid. It was his first time as an observer and, with the fishing season already started, he was rushed out to Cape Town to join the crew. The boat then sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet.
 
'Last Man Off' is Matt Lewis's story of that journey and the fateful consequences. The author waited over 15 years for this story to be told. "I was waiting for more time to make the story less painful," said Lewis.
  
Reader: Sam Troughton
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose
 
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.

Positive retail news from Angling Direct

A man with a large fish
Angling Direct

Some positive retail news: Angling Direct has opening a new store in Nottinghamshire.

The 4,500 sq ft store at Sutton in Ashfield opened on Saturday to become the fishing retailers' 28th store.

Boss Darren Bailey said in a statement this morning: "While parts of the retail sector are experiencing difficulties, our strategic focus on customer experience and service has paid off and delivered a strong start to the year."

Ocean charity tackles discarded fishing gear in south west waters

Ghost Fishing UK visited Portland harbour to recover fishing rope, lines and nets
An ocean clean-up charity says it’s removed tonnes of discarded fishing equipment from the English channel and south west waters over recent years.  In its latest operation, a team of highly skilled divers has retrieved two hundred metres of nets from Portland harbour. The discarded gear is hazardous to marine wildlife and habitat. A return visit is also planned by Ghost Fishing UK to a wreck in Lyme Bay which is entangled in abandoned fishing gear.