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Scottish Langoustine Fishing Industry Highlighted in New Film Series

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The Scottish White Fish Producers Association (SWFPA) has invested in a series of films to highlight the modern, sustainable approach taken by the Scottish langoustine fishing industry.

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Made by Beard Askew Productions, the seven films cover fish catching, processing, fish and chips and the provenance, catching and cooking of langoustines.

The films are given pride of place in a new SWFPA website constructed by NB Communication.

Scotland has 70 per cent of the world quota of langoustines (Nephrops norvegicus), sometimes known as Dublin Bay prawn or scampi.

Yet most of what is caught off the east and west coasts of Scotland is exported – mainly to Europe.

Mr Buchan laments this fact. “It is a naturally good product,” says the skipper of the Peterhead-registered Amity II.

“The sad bit about it is why we don’t eat it here in the UK, because it is caught on our shores. It is a beautiful product – and yet we export it.

“I think it is possibly people maybe don’t understand the product, they don’t know how to cook it. To me, it’s faster food than fast food. It is a unique tasting product and it’s got to be tried!”

The film is one of three about langoustines made by Beard Askew for the SWFPA. The others feature langoustines being caught by Ian Balgowan, who fishes the Harvester and lands into the small port of Gourdon, and being cooked at The Bay in Stonehaven, independent fish and chip takeaway of the year 2013.

Previous films commissioned by the SWFPA to highlight the fresh, sustainably-caught fish landed in Scotland include Sea to Plate, which follows the journey of a haddock from the North Sea via the processor to The Bay.

Several shorter films – The Fisherman, The Processor and The Frier – break down this process into its constituent parts.

SWFPA chief executive Mike Park said: “These high quality films illustrate perfectly the natural products caught off our shores by fishermen who care passionately about what they land.

“Scottish langoustines are a secret success story which we need to do more to tell UK consumers and the wider world about.

“The films help us to do that, so take a few minutes out of your busy day to have a look for yourself and at the same time listen to the expertise of fishermen who are out there on the grounds most of the year.”

The films can be seen here: