I have not written a blog for a few weeks. The main reason being there is little to report other than the price of diesel is slowly destroying our industry. It has been a funny year so far with the prawn fishery not coming on in its usual pattern. Scarce fishing and high fuel prices are not a good combination.
My crew are still with me and for that I am grateful as, like me, as a skipper/owner they are feeling the true cost of world oil in there wages. I can no longer afford to catch an average trip, every trip has to be a good one as there is not enough money made to keep the business on an even keel.
I may have to look at alternative fishing opportunities but then available quota may be a problem.
In 22 years as a skipper, I have never seen times so tough as they are just now. I am eagerly keen to see what our government can do to help us as food producers. There are 60 million people in the UK and that is a lot of population to feed. Are we going to lose our fishing fleet and then import fish from our European fleets that have been given help along the way?
Recently, I was in Milford Haven helping the Fisherman's Mission to raise funds. It was a great weekend considering the weather was not too kind. I gave a presentation of life onboard Amity and the making of Trawlermen series which was well received by the people that came along.
My good friend, John Buchan, skipper of the Ocean Venture is in Weymouth this weekend coming helping the Fishermen's Mission with their fund raising event.
The Peterhead harbour open day is coming soon on 9th of August and it is a very good family day. Will Amity be open to the public? well, I have been asked but unsure if our trips are going to work in for us to be in port that weekend.
The Fishermen's Mission does a fantastic job helping our fishing colleagues who can no longer work or families who have been left with out a breadwinner in the home or even a retired fisherman. There is support there for all but it does take a lot of fund raising and I am glad that I can do my bit for the charity.