British Fishing Industry
The Perilous Catch
A History of Commercial Fishing
After an introduction describing some of the worst fishing disasters around the coasts of Britain during the last two centuries, the maritime historian Mike Smylie traces the history of commercial fishing from prehistoric and medieval weirs to today’s super-trawlers. Meticulously detailed, the book covers every aspect of fishing from mud-horse fishing on the Somerset mudflats to open-sea trawling, changes in boat design and safety, women in the industry, and the lives of fishermen and their families.
Scottish Arctic Whaling
Between 1750 and 1900, Scottish whalers, sailing in extraordinarily hazardous conditions, caught around 20,000 bowhead whales in the seas around East Greenland, Davis Strait and Baffin Bay. By the mid 19th century, Scots had a near monopoly on Arctic oil and bone, but depleted stocks and the First World War ended its profitability. Sanger’s study gives a detailed account of this previously little-known but important Scottish industry.
Memories of the Yorkshire Fishing Industry
In this series, local historians draw on the memories of ex-fishermen and women and use archive photographs to give detailed, illustrated accounts of what life and work was like in regions where, in the past, fishing supported and shaped communities. Slightly off-mint.
The Fish Store
Recipes & Recollections
When Lindsay Bareham’s sons inherited their father’s family home, a converted pilchard factory in Mousehole, Cornwall, she began to collect local recipes and memories of the old Fish Store. The result is this gathering of personal stories, local lore and recipes, with meat, poultry and vegetable main courses and Cornish puddings as well as fish dishes ranging from plain grilled pilchards to Mousehole Bouillabaisse.
The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins
The relationship between humans and cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – has changed dramatically over the centuries. Where once a lost or stranded whale was hacked to death, now desperate attempts would be made to save it. In this Natural History Museum book, Sarah Lazarus describes the history of whaling; 20th-century efforts to limit the industry; the dire threat of polluted oceans; and the relatively recent interest in ‘close encounters’ with whales and dolphins.
A Natural History
An ornithologist who has devoted decades to studying seabirds, Anthony Gaston explains in detail what is special about being a seabird and why – like humans – they live a long time and reproduce very slowly. Enriched with personal anecdotes from the field and photographs, the book provides information on all seabird types and covers adaptation and plumage, distribution and communities, feeding, behaviour, migration, breeding, the consequences of coloniality and population dynamics.
The New Naturalist Library
Terns are small, graceful seabirds commonly seen around our shores in summer months. This guide to the five species breeding in Britain and Ireland draws on a wealth of new information to describe their features, behaviour, habitats, breeding patterns and migration, and the measures in place to protect their populations from coastal flooding, changes in land use and conflict with humans.