Channel fleet chooses Polar doors
Icelandic trawl door specialist Polar Fishing Gear has a growing presence on the UK market that began in Scotland and has since grown to include the Channel coast as well.
“Peter and David Harcus on Russa Taign have been fishing with twin-rig gear for a few years now with a 5.2m2 pair of Hercules 1.8r doors, and David Gatt and Barry Reid on Audacious have a 2.0r pair of Hercules doors,” Atli Jósafatsson at Polar Fishing Gear said, and commented that while the company deals directly with Scotland, the English market is handled by Rod Barr at Bridport company Coastal Nets who has represented Polar for the last six years.
“Our first customer for Polar doors was Steve Parker in Brixham,” Rod Barr said. “He bought a 1.6m2 pair of Neptune doors in 2011 and has recently replaced these with a new pair that are exactly the same. Steve said that he has worn the doors out in that time, but he’s delighted with how economical and efficient they have been.”
More than twenty pairs of Polar doors were supplied to the fleet fishing in southern England last year alone, and these have mainly been Neptune and Thor bottom doors, as well as Hercules 1.2r semi-pelagic doors.
“Another fisherman who has replaced his doors this year is Brackan Pearce on twin-rig trawler Spirited Lady,” Rod Barr said.
“He has replaced a pair of 2.2m2, 250kg Neptune doors with a pair of 400kg Hercules 2.5m2 doors and is very pleased with the performance of the new doors. The old doors had completed more than two thousand tows and covered 30,000 miles, and have gone for refurbishment before kept in reserve.”
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