Port Erroll Harbour Trustees have been busy thinking of ways to generate revenue in order to keep the harbour running and pay for repairs.
Funding for the Cruden Bay port is vital to ensure emergency repairs can be carried out as well as overseeing the purchase of new equipment.
Speaking to the Buchanie, Port Erroll Harbour Trust Chairman, David Webster, said: “We can’t keep going back to the same funding sources, we need to stand on our own feet to maintain the harbour.
“We need to find a way to generate revenue to safeguard the harbour now and in the future for both the local community and the fishermen who enjoy using it.”
The trustees have discussed several ideas with one in particular rising above the rest, so much so, they have commissioned a feasibility study to ensure it would work over time.
The popular idea is for a visitor and heritage centre that would include an exhibition area, lobster hatchery, cafe/restaurant and research facility for fishermen.
Mr Webster explained: “It would be suitable for use all year round and it could accommodate both corporate and school visits.
“There would be a learning centre for children and they could also learn about seafood in the kitchen by seeing the cooking process and get to handle the different foods.
“The heritage area would mention the history of the area including the Battle of Cruden, the origins of Dracula and Tryggve Gran’s historical flight from Cruden Bay to Norway.”
He added: “The heritage here must not be lost.”
The current envisaged design of the lobster hatchery will include fisheries research, lobster breeding and a viewing gallery.
The trustees have stressed that this project is just an idea at the moment and will not be sent for planning permission anytime soon.