Something I have never done before and that is email a celebrity chef. Although I confess to having never seen the program, Rick Stein’s Spanish Christmas caught a couple of people’s attention in Applecross. His Spanish friend was putting together a christmas meal she would normally have in Spain and it included langoustine in the seafood platter. Unfortunately the langoustine was heavily laden with berries and it was good to hear that was immediately picked up. So after a couple of days not thinking too much about it I went ahead and sent him an email last night. Very polite I think and explaining that although in a very small minority we put back the berried langoustine in the hope they will survive and release their eggs for future fishermen to catch. Have to say I got a good reply back from his PA saying although he is busy at the moment with new book etc but will reply when convenient. I had pointed out that the main problem is the buyers. If there is a market the fishermen will fill it to the detriment of the stock and sometimes the “market” has to take a responsible position and say we do not want to take part in the continued decline of a fishery. Feel out on my own on this one as a lot of fishermen have completely differing views on this subject but, hey, not the first time this year.
These prawns stayed only very slightly longer on board,for the photo shoot, than other berried langoustine caught by the Varuna. We shall see if anything comes of it.
The weather has been spectacular the beginning of this week, today not so good with it being a bit dreich and an easterly gale blowing but have to stop now and wrap my secret santa pressie and head for the Inn and will leave you with yesterday morning leaving the moorings.This is showing to the north west so it is what you would call surround colour. The scruffy boat has already been spotted and is on the list.
Busy day today which is another post. Maybe even after The Secret Chappie is all over.