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VIDEO: Footage shows north-east fishing boat battered by giant waves

A skipper has strapped a video camera to his trawler to give an insight into the conditions fishermen face as they battle to put food on the nation’s plates.

Alan Addison was given a GoPro camera for Christmas and decided to capture scenes from daily life at sea.

The Portsoy-based skipper of the Venture II said that despite daunting weather and financial uncertainty, fishermen were driven by a “primal urge” to brave the waters around Scotland.

Mr Addison said he has been “experimenting” with the adventure camera, which can be mounted anywhere on his 92ft vessel.

He has captured a “skipper’s eye-view” of the nets being hauled in and footage of his Banff-registered boat powering through 20ft waves.

He said: “Part of the attraction as a skipper, part of the buzz you get, is the primal instinct. It’s a hunter-gatherer thing, completely different from other jobs.

“In other jobs you know what your salary’s going to be at the end of the week, for us we’re going out and it’s our job to get the boat full of fish.”

Mr Addison is the latest in a long line of fishermen and started working on his father’s boat in 1986.

The Venture II works around the north and west coasts of Scotland hunting for precious monkfish.

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