Fishing as a career in Scotland Part 1
We Speak to veteran Skipper John Clark on his life in the industry
Fishing in rural and coastal areas of Scotland is an integral part of their local economy .The industry ,according to 2016 figures published by the Scottish government ,provides employment for over 4,800 fishermen and generates over £550 million for the economy from the fish and shellfish landed.
As part of our career blog ,we have asked two established skippers in Scotland to tell us about their life in the fishing industry ,and thoughts on the industries future in light of brexit amongst other things .
In part 1 we speak John Clark skipper of Reliance 11 from Peterhead.
Did you leave school and go straight to work on a trawler ?
Yes, I left school at 16 and went straight into a gov YTS scheme for fishing a 2 year training scheme.
What were your first jobs on the boat ?
I always wanted to be a fisherman and my 1st job was getting all the s**t jobs to do, then getting trained up on all the aspects on how to be a fisherman.
When did decide to become a fishing boat owner ?
At 21 i sold everything i had even my prize Audi Quattro to buy a share of a fishing boat on
which i was mate then eventually bought out the rest of the shareholders of the boat and spent 18years skippering her before building a brand new trawler in 2009 that cost £1.4m and have ordered a brand new trawler costing £2m .
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in the fishing industry ?
its very hard to get a start at the fishing now as there are no yts schemes for apprentice fishermen
Are you optimistic for the future of the UK fishing sector ?
I'm very optimistic for the future fishing industry.
And would you do it all again ?