Fishing Around the Bristol Channel

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This book delves into the varied fishing methods found around the coast of the Bristol Channel. From herring fishing in picturesque Clovelly and mud fishing in Bridgewater Bay, to long-netting on the river Severn and stop-netting on the river Wye, and the cockle and oyster fishers of South Wales, the reader can identify with many fish and shellfish found in these waters. The area under consideration stretches from Hartland Point in the south-west, right up to the lower reaches of the rivers Severn & Wye, and ...

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Overview

This book delves into the varied fishing methods found around the coast of the Bristol Channel. From herring fishing in picturesque Clovelly and mud fishing in Bridgewater Bay, to long-netting on the river Severn and stop-netting on the river Wye, and the cockle and oyster fishers of South Wales, the reader can identify with many fish and shellfish found in these waters. The area under consideration stretches from Hartland Point in the south-west, right up to the lower reaches of the rivers Severn & Wye, and on the north side, from the Welsh border along the river Wye, the coast stretches to the Milford Haven and the river Cleddau, and includes the lave-net and coracle fishermen, the fisheries of Swansea and Carmarthen Bays, and Tenby. Accompanied by photographs and line drawings, this fascinating book also looks at the various types of boats in use in these waters, and includes a brief history of the Bristol Channel pilot cutters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752457925
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Cooper is a farmer who has been collecting various traditional salmon fishing boats including two from the rivers Severn & Wye. He is an authority on the salmon fishery and together with Mike Smylie gives talks on the history and benefits of oily fish. Mike Smylie is a maritime historian with several books to his name, including Herring: A History of the Silver Darlings and The Fishing Boats of Cornwall.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Last Herring Fisher of Clovelly? 9

2 The Fishing Traditions of North Devon and Somerset 29

3 Bridgwater Bay and the Last of the Mud-Horse Fishers 44

4 The Somerset Flatners-Workboats of a Vanished Purpose 62

5 Around Bristol s Floating Harbour 79

6 The Stop-Net Fishers of Gatcombe 95

7 Cockles and Oysters -The Fisheries of Swansea and Carmarthen Bay 112

8 The Legends of Llangwm 127

9 From Hake to Herring -The Growth of the Port of Milford 140

Bibliographyv 157

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