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Fishing community back in focus

By David Porter

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The cameras return to Peterhead to capture the lives of the people working at sea and on land to put fish on our plates as Fish Town returns to TV for a second series.

Focussed on the UK’s biggest fishing port, Fish Town provides a compelling insight into a community that relies on the success of the boats returning from their frequently challenging trawls on the North Sea.

In this first episode, skipper James West heads out in search of prawns.

His new trawler, the Westro, has cost £2 million so the pressure is on to make catches that will consistently bring high returns.

After a series of small catches, the crew work in the dark in a bid to increase their haul before returning to port.

Meanwhile in nearby Fraserburgh, scientist Aisling Duncan joins the crew of the Zenith to collect data for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

Skipper Adam Robertson is sceptical of the old nautical superstition that women on board can bring bad luck and is happy for Aisling to carry out her important scientific work.

Back on dry land, well known north-east fishmonger Stephen Bruce is up early to join the auction at the Peterhead fish market before driving around the nearby communities with his van full of the freshest produce.

Fish Town returns on Monday, January 20 on BBC One Scotland at 7.30pm.

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