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As we near the end of 2009

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As we near the end of 2009, I reflect back on what has been a very tough year for fishing. History has shown us that the fishing industry does go in cycles as I know only too well from the tales of my grandfather. I am sure if he were still around he would be saying "you do not know what tough is, laddie!"

I look forward to 2010 and hopefully quayside prices will improve bringing much needed excitement and joviality back into our industry.

I am off to give a PowerPoint presentation on my life and travels as a fisherman today at a local women's church guild in Peterhead. I have selected some of my best photographs of my life at sea along with some other photographs of my career in the fishing industry. I have been in schools etc promoting our fishing industry. It is always well received by those who come to see it, and I always add in my own humour just to keep it light-hearted.

Amity is at sea and on her return to port will tie up for the Christmas break. I am sure the crew will enjoy their time onshore with their families. When Amity is working, I have to manage my fish quota on a monthly basis. I also have a days at sea quota that has to be well managed to run in tandem with my available catch quota. Not always easy to keep in tandem as fishing patterns can vary from season to season.