Out of the Blue

Part two

Saskia Coulson & Colin Tennant

A small fishing boat on the horizon of a calm sea.

The waters of the Solway support a diverse mixed fishery, resulting in local fishermen targeting a range of fish and particularly shellfish species.  Fish processing is a major source of employment including large businesses at Annan and Kirkcudbright, as well as smaller smokehouses on the Galloway coast.

A fisherman pulling in nets on a fishing vessel out at sea.
Two fishermen pulling in nets on a fishing vessel out at sea.

The fisheries sector is an important part of the rural economy for the communities of Dumfries and Galloway. 

Remote villages with limited employment opportunities including Isle of Whithorn, Port William and Drummore are the base for creel fishermen whose activity reflects the long relationship between people and the sea. 

A lone gull flying behind a fishing vessel moving fast at sea.
A fisherman sitting on a boat tying knots in lines, lobster pots are stacked in the background.
Two fishermen standing inside a fishing boat out to sea. They are looking towards the back of the boat.
A hand is resting on the boat throttle of a fishing vessel out to sea.
Two fishermen are sorting through the days catch on a fishing vessel out at sea.
Inside the hull of a fishing vessel. Empty buckets are stacked up, one contains fish. A yellow waterproof coat is hanging up.

The majority of landings in Dumfries and Galloway are processed locally, as well as shellfish transported into the region, which provides jobs along the coast. 

Much shellfish is exported from the region to supply demand in UK cities and the European market.

Bags of scallops are being hoisted onto a dock from a boat. A person is holding and guiding them.
A person is welding a scallop dredger for a fishing trawler. Another person is looking on.
A person is standing on the deck of a fishing vessel smoking in the sunshine.

About the artists

Coulson & Tennant are an award winning photography and filmmaking partnership who use visual storytelling to create artistic, documentary and environmental work for a wide range of clients and organisations as well as personal projects. To do this, they collaborate with many different communities and individuals and draw inspiration from historical, creative and ecological references.

Website: www.wearectproductions.com
Instagram: @c.t.productions

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