Despite all the problems, just off the British coast there remains an amazing diversity of fish (over 170 species in the North Sea alone), fisheries (over 1,300 by our reckoning) and fishing boats (4,896 boats of 10m or under in 2006).  Almost incidentally, our work is building up a unique photo-documentary of British inshore fisheries at the start of the 21st century.

Follow the link below to go to the accounts of the fisheries We research fisheries by talking to fishers, fisheries officers, scientists, environmentalists and sea anglers, as well as reviewing the published literature. The results can be seen this website. However, there is a limit to what can be learnt from abstract research, computer models, and broad-brush surveys.

So we insist on getting out on individual boats, and seeing for ourselves how the fish are caught. This is a huge commitment of time and effort (and trust on the part of the fishers). We record this so that we can show chefs the candidate fisheries, have a informed discussion with others, and now – through this website – share the experience more widely.


Fish & Fisheries

An enormous diversity, scarcely known

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