Aberdeen fisherman launch fresh bid for help with legal bills over harbour fight

Fishermen at war with a landowner over access to a historic Aberdeen harbour have launched another crowdfunding campaign after racking up huge legal bills.

Cove Fishermen’s Association is looking to raise £20,000 to pay legal fees as they attempt to stop Pralhad Kolhe forcing them to move their vessels from land at Cove Harbour.

The row has been rumbling on since April 2014.

Mr Kolhe, a consultant plastic surgeon who owns part of the bay at the harbour, had four large boulders laid at the site to stop fishermen leaving their boats and also issued an order to owners to move their vessels from the spot in August 2015. The fishermen launched a legal challenge and were backed by 2,800 people in an online petition.

Jim Adam, chairman of the association, said the fishermen are currently in negotiation with Mr Kolhe to see if a compromise can be reached. He said: “We’re trying to get something sorted out. We’ve offered to move some of the boats and the winch kits to the other end of the beach.”

Mr Kolhe declined to comment.

To donate to the fishermen, visit justgiving. com/crowdfunding savethefishingboatsofcoveharbour