This article appeared in the paper in October 2015
Many years ago I was tied to a bunch of cray pots when the black hull of a commercial fishing boat steamed around a projecting cliff face and headed straight for me.
My first reaction was, “Here comes trouble,” while quickly untying my kayak.
The skipper came out from his wheelhouse, but instead of giving me a rocket he yelled, “How are you off for crays?”
Upon replying I had no means of catching any, he grabbed a couple from his bin and threw them into my lap. His boat was called ‘South Seas’, a name I remember fondly to this day.
It is safe to say that there is generally not much love lost between commercial and recreational fishers. Unfortunately, this unhappy relationship is constantly reinforced by mutual accusations, some of which are undoubtedly factual, but many are just regurgitated hearsay. Of course there is adversarial tension between the fishing industry and the recreational sector too, which recently ended up in a very expensive court action for a resolution that nobody really liked.
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