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Buoy celebrates pelagic fishing industry

Pelagic fisherman Callum Irvine and former herring gutter Rosabelle Halcrow with artist Jo Chapman - Photo: Dale Smith

A SCULPTURE marking Shetland’s strong links with the pelagic fishing industry was unveiled on Saturday morning.

Established artist Jo Chapman created the cast bronze piece Da Lightsome Buoy as part of a year-long project.

The sculpture on Lerwick’s Esplanade near the small boat harbour depicts a large fishing buoy and includes text and images.

It was unveiled on Saturday morning by an ex-herring gutter Rosabelle Halcrow and Shetland’s youngest pelagic fisherman, Callum Irvine.

Fiddler Hannah Adamson debuted a specially written piece, while Fishermen’s Mission’s Aubrey Jamieson gave a dedication.

The sculpture was commissioned by fish agents LHD, Lerwick Port Authority, Shetland Catch and Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation.

Shetland Arts helped with the project, while Arts & Business Scotland matched funding.

Shetland Catch chairman John Goodlad said the unveiling of the sculpture was a “great day” for the Shetland pelagic industry.

“Da Lightsome Buoy is a celebration of the enduring importance of the pelagic industry to Shetland’s life and culture and economy,” he said.

“The sculpture not only celebrates the rich heritage of the herring industry but looks ahead to the continued importance of the modern sustainable pelagic industry to these islands.”