Street survey: Wee Toon’s fish fans found

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Scotland’s aquaculture and fishing industry are two of its biggest economic drivers.

Kilbrannan Sound is home to Europe’s largest salmon farm and Marine Harvest has an application to expand its operations.

Eating fish is not for everyone, but unsurprisingly for a seaside community, a Courier survey this week found that even Campbeltown’s less frequent eaters have their favourites.

These are the views about fish eating netted in Campbeltown:

William Crossan with Cara and Morgan

Church of Scotland minister, William Crossan, 69, of Kilkerran Road, said: ‘I feed sardines to my Welsh Springer spaniels, Cara and Morgan, at least three times a week as the oil is good to keep their coats shiny.

‘I try to eat fish at least once a week, if I am lazy it will be a fish supper. I like salmon and have some concerns about farmed salmon but trust in the quality control process.’

Grace Saxby. 25_c36fish05_Grace_Saxby


Full-time mum, Grace Saxby, 38, from Glenside, said: ‘I do not eat a lot of fish, if it is fish it has to taste like fish, often it is too meaty.

‘The nicest fish I have ever tasted is from Big Jessie’s in Tayinloan. If I cook fish at home it would be boneless Bassa.

‘Sometimes we collect whelks, cockles and mussels on the seashore.’

Dorota Kurek.  25_c36fish06_Dorota_Kurek

Carer, Dorota Kurek, 52, from Poland, said: ‘I love salmon or cod from Scotland or Polish herrings and I will each fish at least twice a week and sometimes every day.

‘I prefer fish from the sea or ocean, really wild fish. The best fish experience is eating sushi in Tokyo.’

Colin Madden. 25_c36fish04_Colin_Madden

Shop proprietor, Colin Madden, 57, from Campbeltown, who runs Angels Playground, said: ‘My favourite is fish and chips and occasionally prawns.

‘I’d love to try sea bass but I would be scared to order it in case I do not like the taste.

‘I am not worried about the source but prefer to know the fish is from UK waters and not imported.’

James Harkness. 25_c36fish03_James_Harkness

Building site manager, James Harkness, 46, from Ayr, said: ‘My wife does not like cooking fish at home.

‘While in Campbeltown I like having fish and chips at the Argyll about once every two weeks.

‘I prefer cod or haddock but I never think about the source.’

Moira Thomson. 25_c36fish02_Moira_Thomson

Retiree Moira Thomson, 64, was out walking her dog Sophie and said: ‘I like salmon and whitefish about twice a week and always buy it from the fishmonger in Campbeltown.

‘I am very concerned that my fish is locally sourced.’