Deserted Quays!! @ St Anne's Staith

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Not so many years ago, this harbour would have looked very different. There were upwards of twenty large fishing vessels equipped mainly for trawling the once rich fishing grounds of the North Sea.

Today, the trawlers have largely disappeared with only a few local vessels now based in Scottish ports where they are able to fish Northern/Icelandic/Norwegian waters where the catches are still quite plentiful.

A few crabbers still fish out of Whitby where good money can be made from the lobster fishery.

Crabs caught off Whitby are often plentiful but are not popular with fish buyers since the crab tends to be dirty and discoloured because of the muddy nature of the sea-bed.

Any one who has watched the "Deadliest Catch" on TV will know that only the best looking, clean crab is suitable for the open market.

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 9, 2010

Tihomir Gržinčić~~~Greetings Tihomir..the promenade is a good place to walk..lots of good English pubs,, restaurants,,wine bars and take-away food...English Fis n' Chips and when you have eaten your fill, you can walk off all the fat ;>) the promenade goes on for miles (Kilometers)

A.Lebacq...your generous appraisal is much appreciated Arthur..this is one of my favourite photos ;>)

zanot10~~~~You are most welcome Zanot..thanks for stopping by ;>)

Kind regards to you all ;>)


Andrew on April 19, 2010

excellent picture. I like your comment above about how empty the harbour is these days. Up here in Scotland its the same story, empty quays and the few boats that are there are mostly crewed by cheap labour from south-east asia and eastern europe. Its such a waste and a shame especially as we are an island nation.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on April 24, 2010

Hello Andrew...The sad thing is that the sea is now barren..Current fish stocks are at an all-time low..Both commercial and amateur fisherman are catching very little and now I fear it is too late to make a difference..Plundering the seas with un-sustainable fishing methods was bound to be a disaster..Events have proved the fishermen's claims to be completely false. It is pure greed that has brought about this situation..they would not listen to common sense and this is the result! Amen!

One can hardly blame the Icelandic government for taking strong action to protect their waters..Our fishermen would have finished them off too had they not been thrown out in the 1970's.

c.s. on April 30, 2010

Hello Jim, nice picture of a wintry Whitby. It appears the abundance of tourists is inversely proportionate to the lack of fish. No doubt some scientist is able to proof there is a connection.

Greetings, Claus

Fabrizio Fi on May 15, 2010

Molto bella..

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on May 15, 2010

Hello always, it is good to see you here again ;>) The amazing thing about tourists is the effort and risks they make to traverse the high moors through storms, snow drifts to get here. It's just as well they do, because the fishing industry has long since died a death. It is tourism that has brought prosperity to the old town..

Saluti Fabrizio Fi .. Mi rallegro per la vostra visita e buon commento .. Grazie per guardare le mie foto

Cordiali saluti


Elena Colavita on May 30, 2010


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 21, 2010

Elena Colavita........You are most welcome Elena..I am honoured that you took the time to stay a while in my gallery.. ;>) I hope you call in again some time ;>)

I'm grateful for your generous appraisal ;.)

Kind regards from the UK ;>)


NO VIEWS NAJI on July 10, 2010

Is a nice moment. Very well done.

Un abrazo! Toni.

Laurentiu Mitu on October 25, 2010

So, so beautiful Jim!!!

skida on January 15, 2011

Gone fishing? No boats and quite a low tourist quotient, but you still captured the flavour, Jim. Not voted!


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on January 15, 2011

toninaji~~~Your visit and nice comment is much appreciated..apologies for my late reply Toni ;>)

Laurentiu Mitu~~~Hi! Lorenzo ;>)--I finally got to reply..I was on another planet for a few weeks..thanks my friend ;>)

skida~~~The tragedy is Keith, all this could have been avoided if only the fishery had not been pillaged and workable control measures applied about fifty years ago ;>) Without the influx of tourists, the town, like the sea, would be even more of a dead zone

To you all, your visits and kind comments are much appreciated


Laurentiu Mitu on January 16, 2011

Where my friend, to Venus????:-)))

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