Three-day forecast for fishermen to cover Western Isles from tomorrow Published: 30 September, 2005
THE Maritime and Coastguard Agency has announced that it is intending
to extend the coverage of the three-day forecast for fishermen to include the waters around the Western Isles.
As from noon on the 1st October a listener will be able receive the
three-day fishing forecast for the sea areas: Malin, Hebrides,
Rockall and Faeroes.
The forecast will be issued from the 1st October until the 31st March
each morning and evening unless there is significant change, in which
case it will be revised in the morning.
The schedule for the broadcast is twice daily on the medium frequency
and will be announced on 2182 kHz with the forecast being made on
2226 kHz at 1950 and 0750 GMT.
But fishermen should note that the timing and frequencies are different from the main Marine Safety Information (MSI) broadcasts.
Jean Whitaker, Policy and Strategy Manager at the MCA’s Navigation
Safety Branch said:
“This forecast is extremely popular with the fishermen within the
Shetland, Aberdeen, Humber and Falmouth areas and it provides an
extremely useful prevention tool to fishermen to determine
whether it will be advisable to sail, or to remain at sea.
“In Shetland, there are more requests for this forecast from
fishermen deciding whether and when to put to sea or whether to stay
at sea. So the extension of this service to the Western Isles is
logical on prevention grounds.”
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