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Silver Darlings: The History of Herring Fishing on the East Coast of Scotland

Fishing boats leaving Wick Harbour

This is the story of herring fishing on the East Coast of Scotland. It begins with a brief look at the fish itself and moves on to explore the topic of fishing for herring. Finally, it talks about buying the herring and about the curing process. Examining the history of the herring fishing helps shows how important it has been to Scotland.

The herring: about the fish

Fishing for herring: about catching the herring

Sale and processing of the herring: buying and preserving the catch

Overview of herring fishing (educational resource pack)

Herring Fishing in Scotland: essay by Dr James R. Coull

Activity at the Quayside
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