New film will explore modern fishing industry and its compexities

A new film which explores the challenges faced by owners of fishing vessels will be shown in Shetland this month.

The Business of Fishing will be screened at the NAFC Marine centre in Scalloway on 14th May.

The film, from industry-representative Seafish, features four vessel owners and explores the complexities of operating in the modern fishing industry.

The concept of the film was based on an initial idea to help improve understanding about the business aspects of fishing and the day to day challenges that vessel owners face.

NAFC senior marine policy adviser Ian Napier will be delivering a keynote address after the screening.

Dr Napier said: “I am very pleased that Seafish are screening this film in Shetland, which is one of the main centres of the UK fishing industry.

“Fishing is of great importance to these islands, and the seafood sector is worth around £300 million per annum to the local economy.

“At a time of unprecedented scrutiny of the fishing industry I believe that it is important to increase public awareness – both locally and nationally – of the pressures, challenges and difficulties faced every day by working fishermen.

“I hope that Seafish’s new film can help do this and that as many people as possible have the opportunity to see it.”

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