Gardenstown

Gardenstown

Wildlife campaigners patrolling harbour in bid to stop seal deaths. Chris Foote article, 7th April 2015

22nd April 2015 update from Captain Paul Watson, Seal Defence Campaign (Scotland)
Our crew based at Gardenstown continues with their Rigid Inflatable Boat and land patrols and no seals have been shot by the salmon netting company we are monitoring here. Our team is hopeful that with our presence and with help from our new local volunteers that no seals will be shot at this location (Gamrie Bay) where we began this campaign in April 2014 when firearms were taken out on a daily basis by the same employees of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company. A second Sea Shepherd crew is now working further to the North investigating three specific fisheries operations which are known to have shot seals during 2014 (updates on this later).
New teams of international volunteers will be operating in several more locations during the salmon netting period which runs until the end of August.


Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd is Scotland’s largest commercial salmon netting company, operating stations on the country's North and East coasts, including two at Gamrie Bay on the Moray Firth. On April 22nd 2014, with the Hunt Saboteurs Association joining an environmentalist camp at Gardenstown, campaigners threatened to form a human shield around the seals. Usan announced that it was removing firearms from its operations after their contracted, licensed marksmen were confronted at the harbour by eco-activists from protest group Sea Shepherd, many just back in Britain after a campaign against whalers in Japan. Seal killers threaten Sea Shepherd crew Usan say it will in future rely on non-lethal control measures - erecting barriers and using acoustic devices to deter seals from going near their (strengthened) nets.



Gardenstown (Gamrie) and Pennan provide the backdrop for 'Whistle My Lad', another film by a team of award-winning movie-makers. Billed as a tragic story of forbidden love set against the deep-rooted traditions of a fishing community in the early 1900s, it is being produced by the crew behind the BAFTA-winning' No More Shall We Part', which was also shot in North-East Scotland. Scriptwriter Richard Burke used to live on the Banffshire Coast and worked as a coastal salmon fisherman at Macduff. He and the team have revisited the area and settled on a number of locations around Pennan - made famous in 'Local Hero' in 1983 - and Gardenstown.

In 1977 the Sex Pistols were banned from performing in Aberdeen. In 2007 a TV series titled 'The Baron' was filmed in Gardenstown. It featured celebrities, including former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, competing to be elected "Baron of Troup". During the filming, McLaren was thrown out of the village for unruly behaviour.
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Gardenstown

Gardenstown

Wildlife campaigners patrolling harbour in bid to stop seal deaths. Chris Foote article, 7th April 2015

22nd April 2015 update from Captain Paul Watson, Seal Defence Campaign (Scotland)
Our crew based at Gardenstown continues with their Rigid Inflatable Boat and land patrols and no seals have been shot by the salmon netting company we are monitoring here. Our team is hopeful that with our presence and with help from our new local volunteers that no seals will be shot at this location (Gamrie Bay) where we began this campaign in April 2014 when firearms were taken out on a daily basis by the same employees of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company. A second Sea Shepherd crew is now working further to the North investigating three specific fisheries operations which are known to have shot seals during 2014 (updates on this later).
New teams of international volunteers will be operating in several more locations during the salmon netting period which runs until the end of August.


Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd is Scotland’s largest commercial salmon netting company, operating stations on the country's North and East coasts, including two at Gamrie Bay on the Moray Firth. On April 22nd 2014, with the Hunt Saboteurs Association joining an environmentalist camp at Gardenstown, campaigners threatened to form a human shield around the seals. Usan announced that it was removing firearms from its operations after their contracted, licensed marksmen were confronted at the harbour by eco-activists from protest group Sea Shepherd, many just back in Britain after a campaign against whalers in Japan. Seal killers threaten Sea Shepherd crew Usan say it will in future rely on non-lethal control measures - erecting barriers and using acoustic devices to deter seals from going near their (strengthened) nets.



Gardenstown (Gamrie) and Pennan provide the backdrop for 'Whistle My Lad', another film by a team of award-winning movie-makers. Billed as a tragic story of forbidden love set against the deep-rooted traditions of a fishing community in the early 1900s, it is being produced by the crew behind the BAFTA-winning' No More Shall We Part', which was also shot in North-East Scotland. Scriptwriter Richard Burke used to live on the Banffshire Coast and worked as a coastal salmon fisherman at Macduff. He and the team have revisited the area and settled on a number of locations around Pennan - made famous in 'Local Hero' in 1983 - and Gardenstown.

In 1977 the Sex Pistols were banned from performing in Aberdeen. In 2007 a TV series titled 'The Baron' was filmed in Gardenstown. It featured celebrities, including former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, competing to be elected "Baron of Troup". During the filming, McLaren was thrown out of the village for unruly behaviour.
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