An occasional series of featured articles that explore in more detail stories, views and insights concerning the everyday realities of fishing, and people who fish.
The mainstream narrative surrounding seals, fishing and fishermen in Ireland (and further) reminds me of a scene from The Islands and the Whales—the film that looks at Grindadráp, the annual pilot whale hunt carried out by the Faroese—when international ‘visitors’ Pamela Anderson and Sea Shepherd hold a meeting with members of the Faroese community, and tell them that rather than eat whales they should become vegetarian.
In his book, Soil and Soul, the Scottish writer, academic and activist Alastair McIntosh writes:
“I do not argue for going back to the past, but I will be suggesting that the past should be carried forward to inform the future. In this way, fresh light can be shed on the story of modern times and wisdom harnessed to knowledge.”