A Long and Proud History

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Shetland’s fishing history spans a period of more than 6,000 years, since the islands were first settled. Throughout most of that period – and until relatively recently – fish were caught by hand, either from the shore or from small open boats propelled by oars or sails. It was only in the last 150 years or so that these traditional fishing methods started to be replaced, ushering in an era of apparently ever more rapid technological development. In the space of only six generations or so these developments propelled local fishermen from small open boats to the decks of the sophisticated fishing vessels that make up the modern Shetland fishing fleet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShetland Fishermen Yearbook 2016
Subtitle of host publicationNews, views and essential information about the isles' leading industry
EditorsPaul Riddell
Place of PublicationLerwick
PublisherThe Shetland Fishermen's Association
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978 1 78280 659 2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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