Fish shop customer shows off his Elite trawler tracking skills

Retired agricultural worker David Hall, 74, has been noting down the trawler names that The Elite Fish and Chip Company in Ruskington display. EMN-161014-110856001
Retired agricultural worker David Hall, 74, has been noting down the trawler names that The Elite Fish and Chip Company in Ruskington display. EMN-161014-110856001

A keen fish and chip shop customer has taken his love of the trade to new heights.

Retired agricultural worker David Hall, 74, from Ruskington, has been noting the trawler names that Elite Fish and Chip Company shop display on its blackboards in its restaurant.

Blackboard displays are updated weekly showing where fish were caught and David uses a tablet computer and amateur radio equipment to track the trawlers.

David said: “I’ve been interested in wireless radio since I was a boy and my uncle and I used to build crystal or ‘cat’s whiskers’ radios for fun.”

David is a long-standing customer at Elite and has been following the trawlers each week.

He said: “Now I’ve got a way to look at the information live, I can see where the trawlers are.”

“I’ve always followed trawlers as I’m originally from Grimsby and it was fascinating to hear what was going on at sea.”

Jane Wright, manager at the Ruskington restaurant, said: “We know where our fish comes from, but finding out where the vessels are exactly is fascinating.”

Elite owner Adrian Tweedale said: “What our customer David is doing is underlining our commitment to keeping the world’s oceans safe for the future.”

“It makes you appreciate just how much work goes into bringing in the fish we serve.”