Farewell tour around Scottish ports

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MARKING his retiral with a Farewell Tour of Scottish ports, Fisherman’s Mission CEO, Captain Dan Conley, OBE, MBA, RN, spent time last week discussing current markets with a group of local fishermen on Scalpay Pier.

Captain Conley, whose father was a fisherman in Campbeltown, is the Chief Executive of the Royal National Mission Deep Sea Fishermen, and retires this month after 11 successful years at the helm.

Previously, Captain Conley spent time as a Submarine Commander in the Royal Navy, bringing his submarine into Stornoway, and as Captain of a Nuclear Submarine he served with distinction in the Falklands and under the Polar Cap.

The Fishermen’s Mission is a charity which fights poverty and despair in fishing communities by providing emergency and welfare support to fishermen and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

On average every year 68 fishermen are killed or seriously injured and 25 boats are lost. Mission staff and volunteers provide emergency support to the injured and shipwrecked, as well as financial and pastoral care to the bereaved.

The Mission also provides welfare for those retired from the sea, offering material, emotion and pastoral support along with expert guidance through benefits systems and sourcing long term grants. To find out more about the charity’s work and how you can help, visit www.fishermensmission.org.uk