A skipper has invited Aberdeenshire council bosses to experience what life would be like without harbour watchmen.
John Clark, skipper of the Reliance II, has made the challenge to Aberdeenshire Council chiefs after launching a petition urging officials to end their “review” of Macduff’s harbour watchmen posts.
It is understood the loal authority could replace the job with remotely-operated CCTV cameras.
The move has been opposed by fishermen including Mr Clark and the Macduff Harbour Advisory Board who have warned the pier area could become the scene of antisocial behaviour.
In his letter to the council, Mr Clark said: “This meeting would be to highlight the safety concerns and dangers faced and being expressed from our fishing industry and harbour users in regards to the removal of the harbour night watchmen service.”
More than 400 people have already signed his petition.