Image | Nina Constable
[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.