I've got two sheets of ply, a fishing rod,
and a tolerant wife . . .
What if I could earn the equivalent of the UK Minimum Wage by catching fish from the sea and selling it direct to the kitchens of my neighbourhood?
If such an enterprise were feasible, it might offer me a nicer way of life than many of the lower-paid jobs on offer around these parts - as we say here in Cornwall - where I live.
I’d like to try it for the buzz, and for the story that it might become, and also because I sense that our waters are being fished quite brutally these days and I'd like to see if there’s potential for a gentler style of commercial fishing to flourish.
"What if" indeed - well it won't all be plain sailing. But I’ve done a fair bit of research on this and I do know at least some of my strengths and weaknesses for such a venture. I’ve worked as a commercial fisherman in the past – so I’ve seen how difficult it is to earn a living from the sea. I know how difficult it is to catch fish, I know how difficult it is to fetch a fair price while the fish are still fresh, and I know how easy it is to get lured into a vicious cycle of chasing fish to cover overheads. So I’ve reflected on my past endeavours and their shortcomings, and I’ve sought a simpler scheme with less of the burdens that weigh on the bulk of the UK's commercial fishers.
I’ll be lightening the pressure to land high-volume catches by gutting my overheads, and I plan to boost the value of my catch by focusing on quality and by selling directly to the end-user, and I'll be widening my choice of fishing grounds with a more nimble setup.
If I can make this work, then so could others. So what if a hundred people were out earning roughly the equivalent of the UK’s minimum wage by catching fish from the sea and selling it direct to the kitchens of their neighbourhoods? Well, it would be a good thing. This is a kindly kind of harvest of the sea, I call it Guerrilla Fishing, I think it could be a thing - and that’s what this blog is about.
This is guerrilla fishing . . .
Let's see if it's enough