Landing the Catch
When it’s time to head back to port to land the catch every skipper needs to call ahead to book a landing slot and to inform BTA of the type and quantity of fish to be landed.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) also request that the skipper puts in a prior arrival notification and provide a full list of every species that has been retained onboard. This is a legal requirement and must be done 4 hours before arrival of the vessel in port.
Fresh from the Start
Each skipper heads towards the designated landing areas on the North side for the beamers and the inner harbour for the day boats. BTA landing staff will assist and BTA forklift drivers will collect the landed fish and take it to the refrigerated areas.
Sorted and Graded
The catch is then sorted and graded by species and weight, loaded into 40kg boxes and lightly iced to keep the temperature constant at around +2 degrees Celsius, prior to the auction.
Each box is then labeled with details including actual weight, the name of the boat the catch was landed from, and the day it was landed. The boxes of fish are then taken to the auction floor to be sold.