Like the Brixham fleet in general, Lady Maureen concentrates on a mixed fishery, aiming for a variety in the fishroom at the end of each trip, although during the winter season cuttlefish make up the bulk of catches. Skipper Liam McGlade and his regular crew like to work trips of seven to eight days, with a day between trips once the boat has been squared away after its week at sea. While fishing used to be more nomadic in the past, operating at intervals in the Bristol Channel and Liverpool Bay, today almost all of Lady Maureen’s fishing close to home in South-West waters. Landings are made in Brixham, and occasionally in Newlyn when fishing further to the west. Lady Maureen works with a crew of four, often with a trip spilt half-way through to land fish to the auction.
Lady Maureen is one of the Eurocutter-style beam trawlers, measuring 23.97 metres with a 6.85 metre beam, and was built in Holland in 2001. Liam McGlade and his crew took over Lady Maureen when it joined the Brixham fleet in 2012.
Method: Beam Trawler
Call Sign: 2EHH7
Registered Port: Brixham
Home Port: Brixham
Port Letters: BM7
Overall Length: 23.97m
Year Of Build: 2001
Country Of Build: Netherlands
Date Into Service: 13/04/2011
SKipper: Liam McGlade
Area Fished: Area 7 / SW Approaches
Fish Caught: Dover Sole, Plaice, Monkfish, Gurnard, Ray, Pout, Cuttlefish. other mixed fish
Skipper: Liam McGlade
Lady Maureen’s skipper Liam McGlade didn’t make a success of working ashore after leaving school, and he has been beam trawling since he was offered a berth on the Four Sisters more than thirty years ago. The years have taken him around the fleet at Brixham, including a spell as mate and relief skipper on Waterdance’s Barentszee, and taking over Lady Maureen in 2012.
Cuttlefish are an important part of the fishing year, he prefers the challenge of fishing for sole and monkfish.
‘Sole is a challenge in the summer as there’s so much daylight and they’re best caught in the dark, and monkfish are becoming very elusive. I don’t feel they’re endangered –it’s just that they’re in deeper water and we’re limited on how deep we can work.’
He commented that every trip is different, with its own challenges.
‘It makes life more interesting. Sometimes we can go out and shoot away, fill up and come in to land at the end of the trip – then go back to the same place and there’s nothing. The fish have gone from where you were, and you have to start searching again.’