30 – Alasdair MacLean and Nick Turnbull

This episode is a little bit different in that it’s a conversation I had with two people who I’d previously spoken to individually for the podcast.
After I released Alasdair MacLean’s episode last year Nick Turnbull said to me that I could have got deeper in on some of the fishing things, so I thought it would be a good idea to put the two of them together and see what happened when they chatted.

We cover a huge amount of ground in this episode.  It’s very local, and if you know the areas that they’re talking about, it’s great to hear their pasts brought to life.
Some of the tales are quite remarkable.  I was particularly amused by the section where we start to talk about mines washing up and being tangled in nets.

We do go into depth about fishing at certain points, too.  I’d like to hear the perspective of a younger fisherman on this as well, to offer another perspective on the current state of fishing and its sustainability.  That’s another episode for the future.

The whole What We Do in the Winter project has been sponsored in kind by the Island Bakery,  and everyone who takes part in it gets a complimentary packet of Lemon Melts.

Thanks for listening!

Episode Links:

Many of the areas we talk about can be found on this map


Landing sizes

Sea temperatures


Kelvin Hughes MS 29 echosounder

I haven’t found a good link on Creels yet, but if anyone knows of one, let me know and I’ll put it in here.

West Coast Regional Inshore Fishery Group
Cran – a measurement of herring & sprats – Crown stamped baskets – 4 baskets made a cran.

MTB – Motor Torpedo Boats

The Tay Bridge Disaster

The Robert Limbrick




2 thoughts on “30 – Alasdair MacLean and Nick Turnbull

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  1. That was a fantastic podcast, bringing back so many stories that I had heard off long long time ago , thanks again Alasdair.


  2. This was a perfectly splendid podcast. Such depth of knowledge and such thoughtfulness about the current state of fishing and its future deserves the widest audience. And on a lighter note: I loved the story about the MTB and listened to it three times in quick succession. Thank you, gentlemen.


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