Isle of Skye Scallop Diver – Ben’s Story

Isle of Skye Scallop Diver – Ben’s Story


Sailing instructor, waiter, labourer, I’ve
had loads of different jobs, none of them compare to diving, going out into the wild,
fishing, exploring and seeing so many amazing things. Watching my dad going to sea, diving,
I’ve always been fascinated by it. It’s a whole other world, you know, everything
is different, life is just everywhere you know, turn a rock over there’s life underneath
it, there’s little shrimps, little fish. Swimming through a big gorge and an octopus
swam under my arm, squirted ink in my face and then swam away. As far as we’re aware we’re the only people
in the world who use this method of fishing, and the advantages for the environment are
just phenomenal. We take small scallops, and then we’ll place them in the shallows because
that’s where all the nutrients are you know there’s more light, there’s more everything,
so the scallops do really really well in there, and then we dive for them again to harvest.
So we actually use no artificial feed or anything, no equipment, it’s all natural so there’s
no waste. I feel very privileged to actually get the opportunity to see it all on a regular
basis. It’s funny really, when I was 18 and left
to go to uni I didn’t want to come back. I was in the van with dad and we were driving
over the hills, the mist rolling down the loch, it’s just absolutely stunning and
I was like, “I’m going to come home”. That is something I do like about Scotland
is it feels like home.


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