No, I think both the boats and the processing factories were locally owned. Not only by the fishermen though because the fish salesmen had an important role in financing things. But they were Scottish people. We tried to interview ... Well, I did succeed in interviewing them but they were a bit secretive actually, but we realised after a bit that they played a crucial role in keeping the system going and, in particular, in distinguishing which fisherman was worth lending to. Which is another way of looking at how individualistic everything was. You looked at a fisherman’s character and record to decide whether to put some money behind him to help him get a better boat.

  • Paul Thompson
Location:
London
Date:
Friday 17th July 2009
Reference:
SWI2009/003