The increased population of Greylag geese in Orkney has caused problems for the county’s farmers over the past 20 years.

A project to manage geese populations in Orkney is set to enter its third year.

Licensed shooting with experienced local guns will again take place in August and September, allowing local people to control the resident greylag geese population.

The Orkney greylag goose adaptive management pilot is organised by Scottish National Heritage (SNH) and the National Goose Management scheme.

Geese taken as part of the pilot project will be recorded and numbers monitored in summer. SNH report that the goose count in August last year recorded 20,242 birds which represents a 5 per cent decrease since the August 2012 count when 21,367 birds were recorded.

Last year the pilot project also saw the sale of wild goose meat through licensed outlets in the county, which will continue this year from August to July 2015.

 

 
Last year's Sanday show Champion of the Yard was homebred Suffolk ewe, Killer Queen, pictured with owner Malcolm Lennie of Seaview farm.

Last year’s Sanday show Champion of the Yard was homebred Suffolk ewe, Killer Queen, pictured with owner Malcolm Lennie of Seaview farm.

Tomorrow will see Orkney’s 2014 show season officially begin, with the Sanday Agricultural Show.

Following tomorrow’s proceedings, the East Mainland Show, held in St Andrew’s show yard, will take place on Saturday August 2, with the Shapinsay Show on the Tuesday and the South Ronaldsay & Burray Show, held in St Margaret’s Hope, taking place the following Wednesday

After that it’s the West Mainland’s turn, with the Dounby show taking place on Thursday August 7. The County show, held in Kirkwall’s Bignold park will round off the shows on Saturday, August 9.

For full details, interviews with the show presidents and more read the show previews in today’s The Orcadian.

 
Michael Gardens of Ortak is looking forward to the reopening of the shop. (Picture:theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

Michael Gardens of Ortak is looking forward to the reopening of the shop.
(Picture: www.theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

Ortak Jewellery is back being manufactured in Orkney, with the town centre shop in Kirkwall set to reopen next week.

A group of partners, led by main shareholder in the venture, Michael Gardens, have bought the brand, have gone into production, and are looking forward to the future.

There was shock last April when it was announced that Ortak had gone into administration due to the “economic climate and difficult trading conditions.”

At the time of the announcement, Ortak employed 155 staff and traded from 15 stores around the world, with their head office and manufacturing base at Hatston Industrial Estate.

Full details in The Orcadian, out today.

 
Stromness Lifeboat.

Stromness Lifeboat.

Stromness Lifeboat was called out today at noon to go to the assistance of a dinghy by the Churchill Barriers, at the eastern end of Scapa Flow.

As the lifeboat approached Houton, the crew received news from the Coastguard that the crew of the dinghy had got themselves safely ashore, and so the lifeboat returned to Stromness.

 
Fishing data is being gathered in Orkney. (Picture: Craig Taylor)

Fishing data is being gathered in Orkney.       (Picture: Craig Taylor)

Seafish is calling for fishing vessel owners and skippers in Orkney to participate in its annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet.

Researchers will be in Orkney until August 1, to collect data on fishing and vessel costs in order to build an up-to-date picture of the UK fleet’s economic performance.

The results, to be published in 2015, are intended to help industry and policy makers better understand the socio-economic consequences of changes in fisheries management measures and the wider financial climate. This year the data will also help to assess the economic implications of the forthcoming Landings Obligation.

All vessel owners can benefit directly from participation by requesting a free financial performance benchmark report which allows performance comparisons with the average performance of other similar vessels. Participants will also be entered into a £250 prize draw.

The survey is supported by the national federations and local associations around the UK and this year there will be an added focus on the Landings Obligation and its impact.

All information provided is treated as confidential and no individual vessel figures will be revealed in any report.

Anybody interested in taking part in the survey should contact Steve Lawrence at Seafish on 0131 524 8663 or email steven.lawrence@seafish.co.uk .
The results of last year’s report can be found on the Seafish website.

 
The three Orkney Towage tugs in Shetland. (Picture: Ian Leask)

The three Orkney Towage tugs in Shetland.
(Picture: Ian Leask)

Three Orkney-based tugs are in Shetland to assist with a major marine engineering project.

The Einar, Erlend and Harald, operated by Orkney Towage, steamed north from Orkney on Monday, arriving in Lerwick later the same day.

They are due to take part in a commercial charter, playing a key role in an operation involving a large steel oil storage tank.

This has arrived in Shetland onboard the heavy-transport vessel Xiang Yun Kou, which is now at Holmsgarth  in Lerwick.

Local engineering and logistics companies have been engaged to prepare the tank prior to it being taken for installation west of Shetland as part of Premier Oil’s development of the Solan field.

Later this week, the Xiang Yun Kou is due move to an anchorage in the port and ballast down for the tank to be floated off the deck of the vessel. The three Orkney tugs will assist with this complex part of the operation.

The tank onboard the giant Xiang Yun Kou. (Picture: Ian Leask)

 

 

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