Eriskay fisher Emma Scott has been shortlisted for “Trainee Fisherman of the Year” in the Fishing News Awards.
Emma, who works out of Acarsaid on the family fishing boat, Isabella CY 464, was nominated for the top award by her father, Iain.
Says Emma: “From about September until the start of May, we fish for brown crab, and then in the summer months, it’s lobster and crayfish if the weather is nice.”
According to her father, Emma, who is a former pupil of Sgoil Lionacleit, works a string of 40 pots in all weather conditions without complaining,
But Emma’s work is not finished when the boat ties up.
She told Fishing News: “Fishing has always interested me. I’ve been doing it since I was tiny – ever since I could walk, really, going out with my dad, who has been a full-time fisherman for a few years now.
“We have just finished a refit. We’ve been working every day, 14-hour shifts, for a month.”
Emma is working towards her skipper’s ticket with the ultimate aim of going it alone.
The Trainee Fisherman of the Year award is designed to recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2022 who has demonstrated consistently high levels of application, commitment, understanding of the industry, practical skills and safety awareness.
Sunderland Marine sponsors the award.
You can vote for Emma to win the award on this page.
According to Fishing News, this year’s awards saw a record number of nominations.
They commented: “With a new record set for the number of nominations for this year’s Fishing News Awards, it’s been a busy few weeks assessing all of the nominees and drawing up the shortlists. The quality of the nominations this year led to some difficult decisions, with many more deserving candidates in some categories than could be shortlisted.”
Voting closes at midnight on Monday, April 10.