People, Place & Fish
Artist and fisherman, Cromer Beach, North Norfolk.
The town is famous for the Cromer crab, which forms the major source of income for the local fishermen.
The town had grown up as a fishing station over the centuries and became a year-round fishery, with crabs and lobsters in the summer, drifting for long-shore herring in the autumn and long-lining, primarily for cod, in the winter, when weather permitted.
The pattern of fishing has changed over the last thirty years, and it is now almost completely focused on crabs and lobsters.
At the end of the 19th century, the beaches to the east and west of the pier were crowded with fishing boats. Now, about ten boats ply their trade from the foot of the gangway on the east beach, with shops in the town selling fresh crab, whenever the boats go to sea.
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