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Fisheries of Wales

Nature volume 140, page 721 (23 October 1937) | Download Citation



A TEMPOBABY exhibition illustrating the activities of the Welsh fishing industry has been on view during the past five months at the National Museum of Wales. A small hand-book supplements the information given on the labels of the exhibits ("The Fisheries of Wales". By Colin Matheson. National Museum of Wales and the Press Board of the University of Wales. 2d.). The fishes landed in the largest quantities in Wales are demonstrated by models and spirit specimens, and the handbook sets forth the habitats and means of capture of the different species, with some comments on their biology. The hake, on which the deep-sea fisheries of South Wales are based, is given due prominence. A separate section is given to the deep-water trawler and its methods of work, with exhibits of echo-sounding devices and wireless direction-finders. The beam trawl and various appliances of the inshore fisherman are explained ; and there are notes upon the primitive Welsh coracle and the salmon nets and spears used in fresh water. The general ignorance about the modern fishing industry is so great that a welcome must be extended to such an exhibition as this, for it will show that each species of fish must be sought by methods adapted to its habitat and habits ; and that every fishing boat more than 20 feet long is not necessarily a trawler. Mr. Matheson is to be congratulated upon the arrangement of such a demonstration.

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