Well folks it's a while since I have blogged, but there was a while not much was happening.
In the last week I have been to the Rutland Hotel promoting the Amity Langoustines. They are now sourcing top grade Langoustines directly from us on the day we land and I am proud and delighted to be a supplier to the newly refurbished West end Edinburgh Hotel.
It is even better when the chef has direct contact with me (the catcher) whether I am at sea or onshore, he knows that his order will be there as discussed.
I was also talking at a Scottish Food and Drink forum held within the Scottish Parliament. It was a great opportunity to let other people in the food chain know what we have done and changed over the years to improve our credibility within the food industry.
Things like real time closures of fishing grounds when too much immature cod is reported in an area, square mesh panels in our fishing gear to allow more immature fish to escape, reward more days at sea, Fishing for Litter - any plastics, old fishing gear, scrap etc that is trawled up is bagged and taken into port to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, the Responsible Fishing Scheme, which now 300 vessels have been through. It's an audit where we have certain standards that we must reach regarding hygiene, using best practise in our fishing operations, traceability of catch and many more, so lots to talk of there.
Last Friday, I was in the company of Nell Nelson. She was visiting Peterhead as a guest of Fish Fest week. She is a well travelled lady who has been all over the Far East researching and writing cook books. In the last two years, she has made a TV series called "The Woman Who Ate Scotland"
and has travelled on her bike meeting people with recipes that are a delight to eat. She is very passionate about the produce we can produce and cook.
Tralwermen series appears to be going well with a lot of emails coming in from all over the UK. I do not think that Amity is to be seen in the rest of the series. It is interesting to see some other fisheries from around our waters.