UK Fishing Industry Crew and Vessel Database.
Fishandships.org is website brought to you to help first of all with any crewing issues within the UK Fishing Industry, first and foremost while trying new ideas and concepts, to help people already in the Fishing Industry and to attract those who are interested in joining the Fishing Industry and provide some assistance on the way.
Trying something unique !
It occurred to me and a few others a long time ago that there was very little available to help with finding Fishing Crew throughout the UK Fishing Industry and that if it wasn’t finding crew through word of mouth you were very limited with the information on who you were about to send the rest of your crew to sea with and if they were actually going to be any use?
As UK Fishing Crew seems to be slowly becoming less and less attractive to the UK Workforce and more attractive to overseas crew( approximately 30% overseas employees crew UK Vessels) there’s definitely value in developing a specific website for finding crew and meanwhile having a database of all UK vessels for the potential crew and any others interested to come and have a look at. See more here
Our crewing agent list is growing almost daily at the minute meanwhile we’re still maintaining our firm belief that it is now more important than ever since gaining independence that we all do our best to highlight what a great career choice deciding to become a Commercial Fishermen can be for our own workforce aswell! I know for myself one of the great advantages was if you got sick of one boat then you could just move on! Sick of one part of the United Kingdom? Then just jump on another boat! Fancy trying another country? Let’s do something right now that in time can provide those capabilities alot easier for anybody wanting to try it!
The website is still very much in it’s early stages and we are open to tweaking things and providing the service that we feel will be beneficial for all not just in the UK Fishing Industry but to all worldwide with time so let’s try and explain the concept of the reviewing system which I feel is putting alot of people off:
- The main principle of the crew profile is to deter the timewasters that don’t show.
- It is a form of motivation for some to help them achieve their best as they’re aiming for good reviews!
- It allows owners to simply come onto the website and have a look at who is available and have the added confidence they will show up and they’re going to give it their best shot.
- If grown large enough and profiles filled in in detail and vessel jobs advertised on the site through claiming the vessel listing the crew can then use the interactive map to find transport and any other amenities they may need to make use of on their journey to the vessel.
- If the numbers are there to make it economically viable we will add an automatic reminding system when any tickets that expire or your medical expires. We are hoping to achieve this through an instant messaging function which would also only be installed when numbers are sufficient!
- If vessel owners have been getting a bad name from rubbish crew as we have all witnessed many times which can affect their ability to keep a reliable efficient and safe crew then they can claim their listing and also leave themselves open to a review.
Now the nature of the Fishing Industry for some is very private and secretive and we respect that about the Commercial Fishing Industry and these are just attempts to help improve the way in which you find crew and any reviews made should be professional and they all come straight to my email to be reviewed before being published although we are in no way liable for somebody else’s opinions and views anything deemed anything other than professional will not be published!
At the end of the day the website is only a tool for speeding up word of mouth on the review side of things and we’re still hoping that people will start to see the benefits of it in the age where we all live in social media to look at alot of nonsense most of the time why not try incorporating some of it’s potential to benefit the industry?
It’s been a seriously tough year I’m sure I don’t need to make any of you in the Fishing Industry aware of that. On the whole your profits are down at least a fifth over last year due to a continuation of covid restrictions and the added bonus of Brexit!
Covid restrictions are due to ease completely on the 19th of July. See here and hopefully that shall remain but Brexit has only really just begun and instead of bringing hope it has quite frankly caused an utter shambles and has definitely made crewing more difficult and even down to travel costs increasing significantly has put many off apart from the fact there’s plenty still to be paid attention to and worked on to make the job more attractive to our youngsters! See here
We hope to bring you as much as possible for free to help reduce your costs slightly in anyways we can meanwhile for me, Brexit highlights the importance of immigration but it also highlights the importance of maintaining our own workforce to a better level aswell, after all what nation would want to go independent and neglect An Industry that can feed its people?
I spoke with a very understanding training provider from Scotland recently who is prepared to offer free courses to any youngster wanting to take a path into the Fishing Industry we will also be hopefully running some discounted courses for you through himself and would like to take this opportunity to ask here for other training organisations to maybe contact us and offer similar help around the UK? If you don’t ask you don’t get lol.
We will leave now with the promise of two new pages that are currently being designed also to help but we can’t say too much about these yet but one should save you all a few quid in advertising and the other should bring free advertising to help the many vessels out that have been struggling to sell all their landings over the past year or so and even though things are shaking up this page will be there and will make for a useful tool for further resilience in the future.
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