SWFPA films to help promote produce

Expert Fishmongers Duncan and Sue Lucas from Passionate about Fish with Jimmy Buchan
Expert Fishmongers Duncan and Sue Lucas from Passionate about Fish with Jimmy Buchan

A series of short films, including one featuring BBC TV Trawlermen skipper Jimmy Buchan promoting fresh Scottish langoustines, have been given centre stage on a new website for the country’s biggest fishing association.

The Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) has invested in the films to highlight the modern, sustainable approach taken by the industry. Made by Beard Askew Productions, the seven films cover fish catching, processing, fish and chips and the provenance, catching and cooking of langoustines.

The films are given pride of place in a new SWFPA website at swfpa.com constructed by NB Communication.

Scotland has 70 percent of the world quota of langoustines (Nephrops norvegicus), sometimes known as Dublin Bay prawn or scampi. Yet most of what is caught off the east and west coasts of Scotland is exported – mainly to Europe.

“It is a naturally good product. The sad bit about it is why we don’t eat it here in the UK, because it is caught on our shores. It is a beautiful product – and yet we export it,” said Trawlerman star Jimmy.

“I think it is possibly people maybe don’t understand the product, they don’t know how to cook it. To me, it’s faster food than fast food. It is a unique tasting product and it’s got to be tried!”

The film is one of three about langoustines made for the SWFPA by Beard Askew Production, the others feature langoustines being caught by Ian Balgowan, who fishes the Harvester and lands into the small port of Gourdon, and being cooked at The Bay in Stonehaven, independent fish and chip takeaway of the year 2013.