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Public lecture: People, plaice and chips: marine fishing and coastal communities along the English Channel Faculty of Engineering & Science

Event Name Public lecture: People, plaice and chips: marine fishing and coastal communities along the English Channel
Start Date 28th Mar 2012 6:00pm
End Date 28th Mar 2012 8:00pm
Duration 2 hours
Description

Presented by Dr Tim Acott and Dr Julie Urquhart

The marine fishing industry is undergoing major restructuring driven by fisheries management and policy responses to ecological problems in key stocks. Many commentators and policy makers refer to a "crisis" in fisheries. Key stocks are in serious decline and the livelihoods of fishers, especially those in smaller fishing communities, are increasingly threatened.

Many coastal communities have strong links to fishing that span generations and fishing is a way of life that goes beyond the means to earning a living. Fishing's influence is not confined to those activities that take place at sea, but spills over onto land to create a particular identity and sense of place in coastal towns inherently linked to fishing. Many people enjoy the spectacle of fishing while on holiday, the bright boats, the atmosphere of a real fishing place and the heritage taking us back to simpler times when villages and towns grew up on the back of the fishing industry.

This lecture will explore the importance of marine fishing for the identity of English and French communities along the English Channel. Using audio recordings and photographs the lecture will provide a colourful glimpse of the importance of marine fishing to people that live or enjoy visiting coastal towns.

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Telephone: 020 8331 9800
E-mail: science-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk