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Trawlermen land haul of support
Fishermen and net
The crews fishing from Peterhead were hailed as brave
The BBC television series Trawlermen has created a swell of public understanding of the lives of fishermen, industry leaders have said.

The week-long programme followed crews fishing out of Peterhead as they trawled the harsh North Sea.

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) said it had brought home the crucial and dangerous job.

One viewer told the SFF: "Our fishermen are some of the bravest blokes in the world."

It is good to see the practical challenges faced by the industry being portrayed in an honest fashion
Bertie Armstrong
SFF chief executive

The SFF said it had received many messages of support from the public following the screening of the series.

It highlighted another message which stated: "The programme showed everyone the true cost of our fish and chips."

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "We've had many responses from the public saying how impressed they were with Trawlermen and wanting to pass on their thanks to the BBC and the men involved.

'Bad publicity'

"In recent times the industry has been used to bad publicity based on wrong perception and emotion.

"At long last it is good to see the practical challenges faced by the industry being portrayed in an honest fashion."

He added: "Massive cuts have left behind a leaner and fitter fleet.

Crew members featured in the TV series Trawlermen
The crews fishing from Peterhead were hailed as brave
"If the fisheries administrators in Brussels, Whitehall and Edinburgh work sensibly with the industry, then there is a great future in sustainably harvesting the natural resources of our world-class fishing grounds."

Subtitles were used for some segments as some of the fishermen had heavy Scottish accents.

Mr Armstrong said: "Most of the press response to the series focused on the use of subtitles in case some viewers couldn't understand the Doric used.

"But this is a side issue, which actually demonstrated the breadth of the audience captured."

The BBC insisted the participants had no objection to being subtitled.

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