Social Anthropology
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Sustainability, Culture and Language in Hebridean Fishing

Dr Magnus Course

Based on research carried out with fishermen in the Outer Hebrides, and in collaboration with the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association, this project brings the cultural and linguistic value of Hebridean fishing to the forefront of public debate about the future of Scotland’s seas. The two research findings at the heart of the project are, firstly, that fishing plays a key role in the vitality of Scottish Gaelic language and culture, and secondly, that fishermen’s traditional practices are geared towards environmental sustainability. The proposed impact activities – a film and a series of song workshops – present fishing as an integral part of both social and cultural life in the Outer Hebrides, one which benefits both people and the marine environment.