What's it like to be a fisherman?

Posted on 12/10/16 by Alan Dwan

Alan Dwan offer us the opportunity to find out what being a fisherman is really like

“What’s it like to be a fisherman?” I get asked this question a lot but there’s no simple answer. In short, it’s both challenging and rewarding but at the end of the day I wouldn’t swap it for anything else.


To mark National Seafood Week, on Thursday 13 October the NFFO has invited me to take over their Twitter account. I’ll be tweeting in real time, showing people what life at sea is really like and answering any questions you might have had about fish, fishing and fishermen.

I’ve spent most of my life at sea, with the last thirteen years as skipper of the Newlyn-based gill netter Ajax. At 17 metres long she’s not the biggest boat out there, but we fish out in the North Atlantic Ocean. We mainly fish for cod, ling, pollock and above all – hake. A particularly proud moment for me was seeing Cornish Hake become certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2014.

So – what’s it like to be a fisherman? Tweet your question to @NFFO_UK on Thursday 13 October using #fishtales and I’ll do my best to answer it for you!

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