"Am I burning diesel for nothing" is the question that Martin a young Scottish fisherman asks himself as he struggles to make a living from the dwindling prawn stocks. We followed him through a stormy winter as he searched the sea and himself for the answers.
Burghhead use to be a thriving fishing community, but now there are only a few fishermen left. How do these few remaining fishermen survive and how are they adapting to their new circumstances. George now retired, and his son Martin, are from a very old and established fishing family. They show us how things have changed and how tough it has become. Ernie Wiseman, another fisherman from the village, is now facing retirement. Through him I explored what it feels like to give up something you love, and why the next generation, in this case his grandson, are so reluctant to follow.
The film explores through these fishermen in a personal way what has happen to the Scottish fishing industry. Fish stocks have been depleted due to over fishing and environmental change. This has meant fishermen have had to adapt to these new circumstances. In the village of Burghhead they only fish for prawns now, due to the fact there are no white fish left. This documentary focused on two fishing boats, one that is being sold and the other may be sold if the current owner does not see some kind of profit from it in the summer.
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