Govenek Of Ladram

Vessel Type
Overall Length
23 m
Place Of Build
United Kingdom
Home port
Area fished
Area 7 / SW Approaches
Fish caught
Hake, Monkfish, Turbot, Cod, Haddock, Pollock, other mixed fish
Phil Mitchell
6 - 7
0.5kn / 211º

Built for Mr. James West in Peterhead by Macduff Shipyards in 1986, this vessel was christened Fruitful Bough PD109. After being sold to Martin Millar in Buckie, and renamed the Regent Bird PD111, she remained in Scotland, stern-trawling, until Greendale purchased her in 2009. The first of her class, Govenek of Ladram was a pioneer in many ways and proved highly successful in catching white fish via gill nets. We removed her from the trawling sector and, after an extensive re-fit, in March 2010 she was converted to static gear fishing with trammel nets. This has proved to be a very economical and sustainable way of fishing, with the bonus of good selectivity; by using large mesh sizes and targeting specific areas, we have been able to eliminate all discards.

In 2013 and 2014 the Govenek was chartered by the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to conduct scientific research into sharks, skates and rays. In 2015 she was given a major re-fit; she was completely re-wired and the engine was upgraded, with modifications made to the wheelhouse to improve visibly and improve access. The crew accommodation was also improved to increase welfare and introduce an appropriate level of privacy for male and female scientific crew.

Govenek of Ladram was also featured in the Channel 4 television series ‘The Catch’ in 2015. The series did an excellent job of highlighting the everyday activities of our hard-working fishermen. 

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