It appears there are many people associated with fishing both current and retired still reading the blog. An old friend of mine is Betty Maclean who worked with vessel managers for many years. She gets annoyed when I do not update the blog - it is her way of keeping up to date with the thoughts of the skipper and what is happening at sea.
I also met some staff from fisheries departments a few weeks back. It was great to put faces to the names. I think these guys that sign letters and enforce legislation should get out and about and down on the pier more often so that we can all work together in a more harmonious manner. There is no substitute for seeing first hand some of the problems we encounter in our day to day running of our vessels. I am sure it would be educational for both fishermen and officials.
I have been approached to take a senior member of the department on a trip so as he can learn and see first hand the job and how we have to work around the complicated set of rules and regulations. When we have a full committment and everything in place we will keep you up to date. I applaud his eagerness as he may easily have taken a nice new pelagic ship to try his sea legs out on!
This Friday as the fleet return to port for the Christmas break Amity and other vessels will be decorated with lights. There will be a a Christmas message from the Mission man George Shaw prior to the lights being switched on. He will be supported by the Salvation Army Band. If the last two years are anything to go by there will be a good turn out from the community. Of course We do hope Santa will put in an early appearance.
As this year draws to an end, already my mind drifts forward to a New Year. What will it bring? More legislation, more new rules, less quota, less days at sea - these are the negatives but I have faith and hope and no one can take that from me.
My crew are looking forward to getting home to spend some time with there families. No more Amity or Jimmy Buchan for two weeks - they must really miss me! I thank them once more for their hard work and loyalty in what has been a difficult year.