They are the last remnants of a once-proud fishing industry, middle-water North Sea boats that fish for cod, plaice , haddock and lemon sole in an area that stretches down from Norway to the Thames.
The advice given is that there should be zero fishing for cod, whiting, haddock, plaice , sole and prawns in the Irish Sea.
I'm talking flat fish, Lemon sole, Dover sole, plaice , dabs, witch, turbot, halibut, brill and skate.
As a youngster he fished off the rocks for the usual species of cod, pollack, coley, wrasse, mackerel and dogfish with the odd plaice or eel.
Such favourites as herring, plaice , cod, Dover sole, haddock, monkfish, snapper, mackerel, sardines, scallops and tuna are all as wild as cheetahs and antelopes.
The Northwest Atlantic's other groundfish include haddock, halibut, pollock, flounder and plaice .
The World Wildlife Fund has now warned that haddock, cod, plaice and lemon sole could soon disappear from British waters.
Cod, haddock, salmon, plaice and prawns account for 70 per cent of UK consumption - and they are mostly overfished.
They seem to have also eaten flounder, whiting, plaice , cod and brown trout too.
It is a magical place, truly a dream for the roving angler; outsize black bream, sole, conger, plaice , wrasse, undulate rays, tope, pollack and mullet reside within casting distance of the shore.