Fraserburgh Fishermen’s Mission will receive a cheque for £800 from the owners and crew of Asteria BRD 250 after the new 19m twin-rig trawler landed her maiden trip into Fraserburgh earlier this month, reports David Linkie.

Above: James Bruce draws the winning market tally out of a hat, watched by P & J Johnstone’s salesman Darren Broadley.

Following a successful five-day shakedown trip, during which the vessel was reported to have performed exceptionally well in some heavy weather, Asteria landed 170 boxes of prawns and 110 boxes. As customary, the first box of fish swung ashore from Asteria was donated to be sold for charity on Fraserburgh market by P & J Johnstone’s salesman Darren Broadley.

At the start of the auction, it was agreed that any buyer who wished to purchase the box of large monkfish would donate £100 each. This resulted in eight local seafood companies participating – A Thompson Jr, Charles Noble, Downies of Whitehills, Duthie & Summers, Enterfoods, Nordic Shellfish/Super Don, Noble Brothers and Whitelink. A Thompson Jr’s market tally was drawn out of a hat by James Bruce of Fraser’s Fishmerchants Ltd, in the resultant raffle to determine which company would secure the monkfish.

Skippers Alasdair and Andrew Montgomery and Asteria’s crew expressed their sincere thanks to the merchants for their very generous support of the first box.

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