It was good to see the fishing getting some TV publicity once more through the Trawlermen series.
I have had a few emails from fishing associates and general members of the public all saying how much they have enjoyed the start of a new series.
We live and work in a dangerous environment as can be seen on the series of Trawlermen, but it always takes a tragedy to make us just be a bit more aware that anything can happen at anytime and that you have to be very alert at what is going on around. It is not always bad weather that things can go wrong.
Living and working on a fishing vessel is just so different from working onshore and it takes good team work for everyone to be looking after one another.
I had an e-mail from fisherman working the Irish sea saying that my problems and fears are the same as his, he called it a "catch and release" system. I do get upset when I try and count up what is being wasted around our seas as we try to earn ourselves an honest living.
I was told the other day that it takes a good skipper to keep a vessel on course when times are good but it takes a better skipper to keep a vessel on course when we are in uncharted waters in an uncertain future. I would agree with that statement!!
Fuel prices have eased a little lately but are far from comfortable for our industry as is other industries and could just as easily shoot back up to all time highs. How do we get around that problem? Well, we need fishing vessels that can fish far more economically which I am sure all the boffins are working away at furiously - the boffins that can make us fuel savings will be the guys that the fishermen will be looking to do business with in the future. I think it has always been like that but more so now in the present climate.