Fishing boats at Alderburgh

A commercial fishing fleet is now a thing of the past at Aldeburgh.  Skipper Dean Fryer explains why:  ‘Bureaucracy, paperwork, over-the-top EU  quotas and the rising costs of simply fuelling and maintaining a boat has driven most fishermen out of business.’

Nevertheless, fishing seems to be a part of the DNA for many.  The high tide line along the beach is marked by a sprinkling of small boats and, behind them, a row of black fishermen’s huts.  Typically a catch might include sole, skate, bass, flounder, lobster and/or crab.

The shingle beach shelves steeply and ‘vintage’ tractors are used to haul the boats to safe dry land.

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4 responses to “Fishing boats at Alderburgh

  1. I love the smells, sights and sounds of local fishing ports – maybe not really commercially viable now, hopefully we won’t lose them completely and one day they’ll get a new lease of life.

  2. Overfishing and vintage boats – same story in so many places, it’s sad. Your photographs convey that small fishing village atmosphere so well.

    • Quota restrictions are often quite devastating for small fishing communities for whom fishing has provided their livelihood for generation after generation. And, of course, fishing is no longer a localized industry.

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