We are raising funds for Applecross Community Company & the Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation to celebrate the life of Alasdair Macleod
by Alison Macleod in Applecross
Ali Macleod was a creel fisherman living in the north west coast community of Applecross, Wester Ross. He also worked part-time front of house in the Applecross Inn. He was lost from his boat, the Varuna, on 20th November 2017. His body was found in Staffin nearly three weeks later.
Ali was a keen photographer and a regular blogger at applecrosslife.
To remember and celebrate Ali and his life well lived but cut short at 57, we (his family) are raising funds for two organisations in which he was involved and to which he devoted a lot of his free time and energy. Funds raised will be split equally between the two.
The first is Applecross Community Company, the local development trust which serves the Applecross peninsula. Ali was a director for several years and was the original inspiration behind our community hydro scheme. This was built to earn an income for Applecross in order to help ensure that this small community might continue to thrive. The photo shows Ali cleaning the screen at the hydro intake, a regular task necessary to ensure that sufficient water flows down the pipe and into the turbine. He was a director of Applecross Community Trading, the trading subsidiary of Applecross Community Company, which runs the filling station and community broadband scheme. This meant carrying out practical tasks such as dipping fuel tanks and receiving fuel deliveries and taking our broadband manager Sean to Rona, where one of the masts that allows us to provide a service to the north end of the peninsula is based.
The second is the Scottish Creel Fishermens' Federation which was formed in 2012 to give creel fishermen the chance to unite and make their voices heard at a national level. Ali believed passionately in the need to fish sustainably. He limited his fishing effort and earned more from what he did catch by selling it locally the day it was caught, and by returning small and berried prawns to the sea. He got involved in trying to influence fishing policy and was a founder member of the SCFF.