After licking our wounds we are now back at sea. We checked our gear over and found one or two abnormalities in the set up. A chain two inches out here and another four inches out there and before you know it, your gear is not performing 100%. We also put on a new set of warps, so there is no excuses this trip. I am confident that the trawls are coming along the seabed at the correct angle.
I have a few readers who regularly keep a check on the blog, one in particular a retired fisherman from Inverness,Jim Harrison. Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement during these very turbulent times in the fishing industry. I hope you are keeping well.
I am off soon to help the mission during Fishweek in Pembrokeshire in Wales. I have been invited to give an audience on Sunday evening 22nd June in Milford Haven. Again, having never done anything like this before, I am thinking will anyone turn up!! Oh dear! Anyway, I am going to do a power point presentation for 30 minutes of life onboard Amity and the making of the Trawlermen series, finishing up with a questions and answer session.
It is all to raise funds for the Fishermen's Mission. I am only too pleased to help do my part. It will be a long drive down there, some 600 miles and more from Peterhead. Irene and myself are looking forward to seeing another part of the UK and how their community may or may not differ from our own way of life as fisher folk.
In the latest issue of the Network Magazine by the mission there is an article called 'feast or famine'. It sends the message home how things can change so dramatically from one week to another just due to the forces of nature.
Without the support of the Fishermen's Mission, I am certain that many children, injured and retired fishermen would be suffering financially. In the last year, I have been more than delighted to lend my support to help promote the mission.
We refuelled Amity on Monday when we returned to port after being towed in. Had we waited until Tuesday, we would have had to pay £480 pounds more for the same fuel as the price increased 3 pence per litre. There is no way any business can sustain price increases like that overnight. I cannot see why government seems to be powerless to help. Surely it is in their best interests to see all sectors of industry throughout the UK prospering. Profits equals taxes.