A BORDERS skipper is to feature in an ambitious project showcasing stories of those working in Scotland's historic fishing industry.

Trevor Spouse is one of 12 passionate workers taking centre-stage as part of the exhibition titled “Pride in the Seas”.

Skipper of the Progress ‘S’, a shellfish vessel based in Eyemouth, he is one of many in his family to work on the Scottish seas, with his son Kai following in his footsteps.

“I’m third generation fisherman on my dad’s side, one of my ancestors was found lashed to his boat three days after the great storm of 1881," said Mr Spouse.

“I’ve had some incredible experience out on the water, I hope younger fishermen can see that and keep the industry going.”

The project aims to highlight the pride, heritage, and commitment to sustainability of today's fishing communities.

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation initiative features subjects from Shetland to Berwickshire, captured by acclaimed Scots photographer Ian Georgeson.

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the federation, said: “The passion and pride of those working in the industry is a constant source of inspiration. They are out there in all manner of conditions, putting healthy, sustainable and climate-smart food on our tables.

"This campaign is a first of its kind, and captures the spirit, integrity and quiet pride our fishing communities possess as they carry on centuries-old local traditions while looking forward to a sustainable future for their sector.

“As well as all the positives there are concerns. Fishing is surprisingly complex. Fishing businesses are dependent on so many factors that no-one has any control over and this complexity means there is still much to learn. But those who seek to attack fishing often use over-simplification and misinformation to talk our industry down."

She said the project would give fisherman a chance to tell their own stories.

“The dozen that we have interviewed are a snapshot into that frontline," added Ms Macdonald. "They are the people immediately impacted when fishing grounds are lost or policies are implemented. But we are all impacted if Scotland’s fishing heritage is further diminished and our vital food security, both now and in future, is threatened.”

The "Pride in the Seas" exhibition is due to be held in the Scottish parliament in the coming months.

Following its debut, it will be available for tour across towns, schools, museums and other public facilities around the country.