The bounty of the scottish seas

The deep, cold waters off the West, North and East coasts of Scotland where we fish offer a full range of finfish, shellfish and crustaceans. Our Scottish waters are some of the most divers on the planet. The warmer plankton-rich waters coming in from the southwest mix with the cold waters of the North Sea creating an ideal environment for one of the most plentiful regions on the globe.

There is an abundance of top quality seafood that can be found at the market in Peterhead (as seen in the video at right, also featuring the Scottish Seas vessel Ocean Venture). Our stocks are carefully managed, many through international certifications like MSC

Our member vessels catch whitefish like Atlantic cod, haddock, hake, Scottish pollock (saithe), whiting; flatfish like megrim, monkfish, langoustines, sprats and scallops. For more on what Scottish Seas fishermen are landing, see Our Catch.

 

No room for error

A breathtaking documentary look at the mighty Atlantic, from the majestic whales that live there, to the fishermen who depend on it for their livelihoods. 

“Off the northern coast of America, the wind is beginning to blow due east. That pushes the Gulf Stream across the Atlantic towards Europe.

As it leaves America the Gulf Stream is up to ten degrees warmer than the sea just to the north. And warm current warms the air above it, which creates a difference in air pressure, leading to even stronger winds. This helps whip up the notorious rough seas of the North Atlantic. As well as creating turbulent weather, the Gulf Stream, once again, drives life…

There are rich rewards to be had in this fertile ocean, but misjudge the conditions out here, and the Atlantic’s power can destroy you. That goes for everything, and everyone.”

Trawlers

Fishing remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the developed world, and fishing the waters of Scotland is certainly no exception.

You had better have your sea legs to come out with us.

Here, in this video two Scottish Seas vessels — “Adorn” and “Audacious” — are pair trawling, pulling a net between them. One vessel must approach the other to transfer wires for the trawl. Working together like this reduces drag and the fuel needed to cover the same area alone.

 

 

Interested in this method? Read more on pair trawling in Scotland.

 

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Fishing the scottish seas throughout history

Towns and villages along the Scottish coastline have had an interdependent relationship with the sea for centuries. 

Take a peak into the past with some of our favorite archival footage.

Mallaig Trawler Fleet returning to harbour, 1966

 

Scottish Fishing Boats, 1971