Exhibition captures the delight inside Scotland’s fishing sector

People from throughout the business profiled in main visible challenge

THE MOVING accounts and portraits of 12 passionate staff inside Scotland’s fishing business take centre-stage as a part of an formidable new exhibition titled “Pleasure within the Seas”.

A celebration of the eagerness, heritage, and dedication to sustainability of at this time’s fishing communities, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation initiative options topics from Shetland to Berwickshire, captured by acclaimed Scottish photographer Ian Georgeson.

It brings to life the narratives of these working within the business with insights into the huge challenges that fishermen face, akin to diminishing entry to fishing grounds, recruitment challenges and the concern of misguided authorities intervention, just like the ill-fated extremely protected marine areas (HPMA) coverage.

Spanning varied roles, the topics symbolize the range and shared values of lots of Scotland’s coastal communities in addition to quite a lot of consultants on land that help these at sea with very important data.

Elspeth Macdonald, chief government of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, mentioned: “The eagerness and delight of these working within the business is a continuing supply of inspiration. They’re on the market in all method of circumstances, placing wholesome, sustainable and climate-smart meals on our tables.

“This marketing campaign is a primary of its form, and captures the spirit, integrity and quiet delight our fishing communities possess as they stick with it centuries-old native traditions whereas wanting ahead to a sustainable future for his or her sector.  

“In addition to all of the positives there are considerations. Fishing is surprisingly advanced. Fishing companies are depending on so many components that no-one has any management over and this complexity means there’s nonetheless a lot to be taught. However those that search to assault fishing usually use over-simplification and misinformation to speak our business down. That is neither proper nor truthful, and this marketing campaign, Pleasure within the Seas, offers our fishermen an opportunity to inform their very own tales.

“The dozen that we’ve interviewed are a snapshot into that frontline. They’re the individuals instantly impacted when fishing grounds are misplaced or insurance policies are applied. However we’re all impacted if Scotland’s fishing heritage is additional diminished and our very important meals safety, each now and in future, is threatened.”

The 12 people featured embrace:

Trevor Partner, Skipper in Eyemouth

Mark Anderson, Skipper, and son Nicol, Deckhand, in Shetland

Colin Stephen, Skipper in Peterhead

Mark Robertson, part-owner, and sons Paul and Adam, Skippers, in Fraserburgh

Willie John McLean, Skipper in Mallaig

Erin Mackenzie, Deckhand in Mallaig

Dr Steve Mackinson, Chief Scientist, Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Affiliation

Dr Paul Macdonald, Senior Fisheries Analyst, Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation

Elena Balestri, Senior Fisheries Coverage and Science Supervisor, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

As a result of be held within the Scottish parliament within the coming months, the “Pleasure within the Seas” exhibition will present alternative for members of parliament and employees to raised perceive the tales and values of Scotland’s very important fishing communities.

Following its debut, the exhibition can be accessible for tour throughout cities, colleges, museums and different public amenities across the nation.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023 the SFF was established to symbolize a sustainable, affluent fishing business in Scotland. It was borne in response to the necessity for larger political engagement when the UK joined the EU and in adapting to the primary oil exploration which noticed the proliferation of different actions within the historic fishing grounds of the North Sea.


Preventing for the pursuits of 450 fishing vessels in Scotland’s fleet, the SFF is made up of eight Associations which symbolize the sector from small creel boats to massive pelagic and white fish trawlers.

The total exhibition and case research are actually accessible to view on the SFF web site: https://www.sff.co.uk/information/class/pride-in-the-seas