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Alan Dwan


Alan Dwan

Image | Nina Constable

Boat name


Fishing Method

Gill Netting

[Additional footage by kind permission from Laurence Hartwell].


Alan Dwan is the skipper of the Ajax, a specialised hake netting boat that is based in Newlyn. Ajax PZ36 was built in 2014, replacing the old Ajax T032, and is a modern specially designed vessel equipped with a shelterdeck and a large hold. She fishes offshore using gill nets equipped with pingers that are designed to scare dolphins and porpoises away from nets so that they don't get caught as bycatch. The Ajax has a crew of five, and they go out for trips of four of five days over neap tides; only returning to shore briefly to land thier fish and re-stock on ice, fuel and supplies. 

Fish Caught

Blonde Ray

Blonde Ray

Raja brachyura

Cod by Sarah McCartney


Gadus morhua

Cuckoo Ray

Leucoraja naevus

Hake by Sarah McCartney


Merluccius merluccius



Molva molva

White Monkfish

Monkfish, white

Lophius piscatorius

Pollack by Sarah McCartney


Pollachius pollachius

Sandy ray

Sandy Ray

Leucoraja circularis

Shagreen ray

Leucoraja fullonica

Small eyed ray by Marc Dando

Small eyed ray

Raja microocellata

Starry Smoothound by Marc Dando


Mustelus asterias and Mustelus mustelus

Spotted ray by Marc Dando

Spotted Ray

Raja montagui

Thornback ray

Thornback ray

Raja clavata



Psetta maximus

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