OLD nets from Shetland’s pelagic fishing fleet have been donated to a charity which recycles netting and donates the proceeds to charity.
Four lorry loads of nets were taken from Shetland recently by the Oor Bairns Charitable Trust.
The charity is led by retired Fraserburgh skipper Willie Whyte, who donates the proceeds from the recycled nets to good causes around the world.
Last year the foundation helped towards new ultrasound scanners in Uganda.
The old nets were picked up recently by Willie’s son Will, skipper of the Grateful, when she landed mackerel in Shetland.
It is not the first time the local fleet has supported the Oor Bairns initiative, with the relationship stretching back years.
Whyte said: “The Shetland skippers have always been good giving us their old nets, so thanks once again to them.
“Will and the boys picked them up when they were in Lerwick and now I’m at work getting them recycled.
“Oor Bairns has been going for 20 years and we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes.”
Shetland Fishermen’s Association’s Sheila Keith said: “The local fleet has always been a strong supporter of good causes, local, national and international, and we’re glad to have been able to support Willie and his work.”
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