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David Linkie. The team at Fish Focus was saddened to learn that renowned fishing journalist and editor David Linkie has sadly passed away.

David was a tremendously hard working and dedicated journalist, who would think nothing of travelling from one end of the country to the other in his quest for stories and photographs. Fishing was his lifeblood and he loved the industry and everyone who worked in it, and was passionate defender of its interests.

The number of people he knew in fishing was insurmountable, and he was adored and respected by everyone he met. His features on fishing vessel trips were especially fascinating and absorbing to read, and he quite simply loved being at sea among the people he felt most at ease with. Nothing was ever too much trouble for David and he was always obliging and helpful, and it was always a pleasure to be in his company

In a tribute to David, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, wrote: “The news of David Linkie’s untimely death will have saddened hearts across the UK fishing industry. As journalist, photographer and editor for Fishing News, David forged a breath-taking range of friendships and contacts across nations, regions, ports, vessel sizes and sectors.

“When he undertook his detailed vessel reviews for the pages of FN, he was as engaged with and enthusiastic about the small Northumbrian coble every bit as much as the latest pelagic trawler. The detailed information that he captured and conveyed was fascinating, especially to those who need the technical information to help make their own decisions. It is doubtful whether any other person was so well connected and so well respected across the whole UK fishing industry.

“It was the word enthusiasm that most people who met David will recognise and associate with him. And from that enthusiasm came a deep knowledge which allowed him to be an effective editor of the industry’s trade newspaper.

“Committed, immensely likeable and knowledgeable, David’s presence aboard the latest vessel, or on the quayside, or in the pages of Fishing News, will be sorely missed.

“Our deep sympathies go to his wife and family.”

Photo credit: NFFO