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The Longshore Fishery at Southwold – Past, Present and Future

What is it?

The longshore fishery is carried out by powered, small, mostly open, boats, literally “along the shore”. At Southwold, in Suffolk, England (U.K.) these boats are often called punts - although they do not resemble in any way most peoples' idea of a river punt!

In past times, this usually meant working close to the town, but in recent years, with diminishing catches, boats often venture further to sea. Generally, the usual safe range is considered about 5 nautical miles radius from Southwold Harbour.

Although at Southwold there has been a move, since the late 60’s, towards larger vessels (8-10 metres in length, some open and some decked), a few of these smaller boats still operate from the harbour.

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