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David B. Thomson
Our Fishing Heritage
Copyright: David B Thomson, 2010

The following are selected chapters from a new book by a former Lossie fisherman. They recount the townís fishing heritage from the 19th century and detail its fleetís rise to prosperity and its subsequent demise under the European Unionís Common Fisheries Policy. The chapters go on to describe similar fisheries and fishery cultures in other parts of the world.

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Part 1. Deserted Ports and Depleted Seas

Chapter 1. The Way We Were
Chapter 2. Guiding Lights
Chapter 3. Four 19th Century Storms
Chapter 4. Five Shipwrecks
Chapter 5. A Personal and Family View
Chapter 6. An Irish Perspective

Part 2. Maritme Cultures, Dangers, and Protests

Chapter 7. The Lore of the Sea
Chapter 8. Fishing Cultures and Fishery Dangers
Chapter 9. When Fishermen Protest
Chapter 10. Tidal Wave

Part 3. Wartime, Spies, Gun Runners, and Pirates

Chapter 11. Fishing Boats in Wartime
Chapter 12. Naval Frogmen, German and Soviet Spies
Chapter 13. IRA Gun Runners
Chapter 14. Fishermen in a Civil War
Chapter 15. Pirate Infested Waters

Part 4. Harbingers of Hope

Chapter 16. Buds of Promise
Chapter 17. Technological Change
Chapter 18. Fishing Boat Design
Chapter 19. Fishery Research
Chapter 20. Fisheries Governance
Chapter 21. Economic and Financial Pressures
Chapter 22. Fish and Offshore Oil
Chapter 23. Recalled to Life
Chapter 24. Islands of Prospect
Chapter 25. Visionaries
Chapter 26. Writers and Thinkers who have influenced fisheries

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Annals of a Fishing Village
By a son of the Marshes edited by J. A. Owen (1892( (pdf)

The Salmon Rivers and Lochs of Scotland
By W. L. Calderwood, F.R.S.E., Author of "The Life of the Salmon', etc., (Second Edition, revised and Illustrated) (1921) (pdf)

How Scottish Gaelic is helping protect Scotland's seas
By Magnus Course, University of Edinburgh, Alastair Cole, Newcastle University

The Resources of the Sea
As shown in the Scientific experiments to test the effects of Trawling and to test the effects of Trawling and the closure of certain areas off the Scottish Shores by W. C. McIntosh, M.D., LL.D., etc., Professor of Natural History in the University of St. Andrews. (1899) (pdf)

The Herring
Its effect on the history of Britain by Arthur Michael Samuel (1918) (pdf)

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