MAGP Deal 1997 : Eastern Channel (Area VIId) Cod and Sole are DR stocks. Herring, Mackerel, Haddock, Hake, and Monkfish are OF stocks. DR = seriously depleted, 30% cut in effort, OF = overfished, 20% cut in effort. FE = fully exploited, no reduction in effort required.
The Oyster fishery off the Sussex coast became important after the arrival
of the railways in the second half of the 19th century. The abundance of
oysters resulted an influx of fishermen from East Anglia and brought prosperity
to the town. 20,000 tons of oysters were sent to London from Shoreham
in one year. There was an oyster pound for underwater storage of oysters
in the River Adur at Ropetackle and old oyster shells can be found over
the mussel and cockle beds. Oysters can be discovered
cemented to groynes and rocks in the lower estuarine reaches of the River
Adur. It is the European Oyster, Ostrea edulis. By the beginning
of the 20th century the oysters were fished out as an economic catch. Attempts
to regulate the fishing were unsuccessful.
1869 The height of the Oyster fishing industry, with a total fishing fleet of 295 boats employing 740 men and 89 boys. The oysters, which brought prosperity to the whole town, were fished out, and by 1913 the fishing fleet had fallen to 184 boats employing 397 men.
Sussex Sea Fisheries: Size Limits
Uncommon captures: Electric Ray, Tope.
Pair trawlers from Newhaven fish for Bass very close in shore off Shoreham-by-Sea on 3 occasions, on one occasion with two pairs (4 trawlers).
August 1998: Large Bass continue to be taken from the shore and piers at Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. The latest weighed 6.35 kg (14 lb).
6 December 1997. A Sea Bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, weighing 7.94
kg (17 lb 8oz) was caught on rod and line by Thang Nguyrn
of Shoreham-by-Sea from Brighton Marina. This is a very large Bass.
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Dungeness, Kent, England
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Orford Ness: Coastal Ecology of a Shingle Bank (excellent references)
Ralph Hollins Nature Pages (Chichester Harbour area)
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Shingle Coast (Coastal Fringe of Shoreham Beach)
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