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Phil Stephen comes from a long line of fishermen, and began trawling at 16. But he soon realised that most people's view of fishing - picturesque harbour scenes, calm waters and beautiful sunsets - is misguided. So he set about trying to capture the reality. He is now not only skipper on two modern trawlers, but a successful photographer as well. This question-and-answer feature is accompanied by Phil's own breathtaking images, portraying the raw extremes of life at sea.

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Silhouette of the Statfjord Bravo production platform in the Norwegian section of the North Sea, September 2007  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Silhouette of the Statfjord Bravo production platform in the Norwegian section of the North Sea, September 2007
Fishing vessel trawling on a winter night in the North Sea. December 2008.  Property released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishing vessel trawling on a winter night in the North Sea. December 2008. Property released.
A fishing vessel in a trough between heavy swells in the North Sea, February 2006  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / A fishing vessel in a trough between heavy swells in the North Sea, February 2006
Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009.  Property released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009. Property released.
Helicopter hovering during a training excercise on the North Sea.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Helicopter hovering during a training excercise on the North Sea.
Fishing vessel hauling its net, surrounded by seabirds, in the North Sea, with a rainbow in the background. August 2007.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishing vessel hauling its net, surrounded by seabirds, in the North Sea, with a rainbow in the background. August 2007.
Fresh catch of Shrimp (Dendrobranchiata) on fishing boat, Europe.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fresh catch of Shrimp (Dendrobranchiata) on fishing boat, Europe.
Cod (Gadidae family) being gutted on the processing deck of a modern trawler. North Sea, December 2008. Model released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Cod (Gadidae family) being gutted on the processing deck of a modern trawler. North Sea, December 2008. Model released.
Crewman on a North Sea trawler holding a 25kg hevay ling (Molva molva).  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Crewman on a North Sea trawler holding a 25kg hevay ling (Molva molva).
Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009.  Property released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009. Property released.
MFV coming alongside partner vessel to start pair trawling operations. North Sea, 2009. Property released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / MFV coming alongside partner vessel to start pair trawling operations. North Sea, 2009. Property released.
Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009.  Property released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009. Property released.
North sea prawn trawler ^Soverign^ aground on rocks 1 mile from Fraserburgh harbour entrance, with waves crashing over her. Scotland. February 2007.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / North sea prawn trawler ^Soverign^ aground on rocks 1 mile from Fraserburgh harbour entrance, with waves crashing over her. Scotland. February 2007.
Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009.  Property released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishing vessel in heavy seas, North Sea, April 2009. Property released.
Fishing vessel in dry-dock for repairs. Summer 2005.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishing vessel in dry-dock for repairs. Summer 2005.
Buchanness lighthouse and boats pulled up onto the hard, North East Scotland. Spring 2005.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Buchanness lighthouse and boats pulled up onto the hard, North East Scotland. Spring 2005.
MFV at sunrise. North Sea, 2009. Property released.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / MFV at sunrise. North Sea, 2009. Property released.
Fishermen shooting the net over the stern of fishing trawler ^Carisanne^ in the North Sea. April 2007.^^^They will shoot and haul their net every 4 hours continuously for up to 9 days then return to p...  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishermen shooting the net over the stern of fishing trawler ^Carisanne^ in the North Sea. April 2007.^^^They will shoot and haul their net every 4 hours continuously for up to 9 days then return to p...
Fishermen repairing torn nets after snagging a seabed obstruction in the North Sea, August 2006.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fishermen repairing torn nets after snagging a seabed obstruction in the North Sea, August 2006.
Beryl Bravo oil / gas production platform in the North Sea, 160 miles north east of Aberdeen, Scotland. February 2008.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Beryl Bravo oil / gas production platform in the North Sea, 160 miles north east of Aberdeen, Scotland. February 2008.
Fisherman on a trawler, watching an oil rig flaring off gas at night in the North Sea. September 2006.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Fisherman on a trawler, watching an oil rig flaring off gas at night in the North Sea. September 2006.
Commercial fishing trawler fishing on the North Sea in perfect weather. July 2007.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Commercial fishing trawler fishing on the North Sea in perfect weather. July 2007.
Prawns processed and ready to be stowed below in the fish-hold aboard a fishing vessel.  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Prawns processed and ready to be stowed below in the fish-hold aboard a fishing vessel.
Oil platform ^North Cormorant^, 80 miles to the NE of the Shetland Isles, Scotland, at sunset. June 2007  -  Philip Stephen
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Philip Stephen / Oil platform ^North Cormorant^, 80 miles to the NE of the Shetland Isles, Scotland, at sunset. June 2007