Built specifically for catching scallops, the Emily J is perfectly suited to working the waters of the Lyme Bay area. One of our most modern small boats, Emily J was built in 2004. She is based in Exmouth, Devon.

Jason Hicks, Skipper Emily J, began his fishing career in the Whelk-fishing industry in 1998, and soon earned his Fishing Certificate of Competency. He began working with us in 2002, as a Mate, but he quickly learned the scallop-fishing operation and was soon offered a position as Skipper. He accepted the position of skipper on the Emily J in 2012. Jason has participated in company-sponsored training programs in occupational health and safety, leadership and management. He enjoys building remote-control boats, planes and cars, as well as offshore sport fishing.

‘I started young as a simple apprentice because I was bored with school and I wanted to earn a living. Then I was a Deckhand for three years, before taking a Skipper course. Now I am Skipper and it is a responsibility at all levels: I have to manage the everyday life of my crewmen (technology, safety, supplies) and also pilot the boat. I’m not just a Skipper,


Method: Scalloper
Call Sign: MGVR7
Registered Port: Exeter
Home Port:: Exmouth
Port Letters: E123
Overall Length: 11.93m
Breadth: 5.46m
Year Of Build: 2004
Ciuntry Of Build: UK
Date Into Service: 26/10/2004
Skipper: Jason Hicks
Crew Size: 3
Area Fished: Area 7 / SW Approaches
Fish Caught: Scallops, mixed fish


I’m also a manager. I have to watch the various laws, make sure I make a profit, and most importantly maintain a good team spirit and find able, good crew to sail with me, because without them I am nothing. So it is me who judges whether new crew are suited for the job. It is important that they have the desire and motivation to do the job - it requires character and sacrifice. The level of training for crewman has improved a lot since I started out. Nowadays,the sea is also a place of work for me, with its responsibilities and its satisfactions; it is how I feed my young family and I have to look after it so it continues to look after me. I am proud that my crew are loyal and have been almost the same for nearly five years now.