Seafish launches trawlerman's internet 'blog' –

Seafish launches trawlerman’s internet ‘blog’ Published:  16 August, 2006

Skipper Jimmy Buchan will keep an online diary

FOLLOWING the highly successful BBC ‘Trawlermen’ programme, Seafish has posted a fisherman’s blog by Jimmy Buchan on its website.

The blog will follow Jimmy’s adventures as the skipper of the Amity II which featured in the programme.

Sailing out of Peterhead, Jimmy runs a successful business – founded in 2005 – which aims to supply langoustines fresh or frozen direct to the UK and European market. They supply only the best from the last day’s fishing, selected by Jimmy himself, the rest being frozen on board.

Jimmy, who has more than 30 years experience of fishing, has been a fisherman since he left school in 1976. In 1986 he bought his first boat, and his wife called her Amity which means ‘friendly’. In 2004 he was awarded the Seafish Pride in Seafood award for his upbeat attitude and high-quality product. He has also just been accredited to the Responsible Fishing Scheme, recently launched by Seafish. Jimmy is also a member of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (SFO) which manages quotas and also processes langoustines.

Speaking from his boat, Jimmy said: “The interest in the local fishermen and our boats since the programme aired has been phenomenal and overwhelmingly positive. People are constantly recognising me and asking how the business is doing and if there will be another series of the programme. This blog is a way of extending that interest and giving the public a further insight into the life of a working fisherman.”

Seafish was delighted with the positive reaction and the interest in the recent BBC programme ‘Trawlermen’. Louise Keane, Seafish Head of Communications, said: “The programme gave a unique look into life at sea. Jimmy’s blog gives people the chance to follow that story and learn even more. It will also help the reputation of the industry by showing how dangerous and difficult life at sea can be, and how dedicated and hard-working our fishermen are.”

The blog is available on the Seafish website, Simply go to the site, click on the ‘At sea’ menu and then click on ‘Fishermen’s blogs’. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.