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Welcome to the WestCoast , South Island of NZ Fishing History page

For 150 years men and woman have toughed it out in one  of the most dangerous fishing enviroments in the world. The book for sale on this site endeavours to relate their stories through personal memories and photographs.

Fishing History

As the  goldrushes of the 1860s petered out on the West Coast of New Zealands South Island, prospectors diversified into primary industries such as coal, timber,farmimg and fishing.This book documents the history of the fishing industry through the fishermens own eyes and photographs recording their joy , hardships and tragedies while fishing the most dangerous coast in New Zealand. Beginning in 1868 , handlining out of river mouths to trawling in 1907, crayfishing from 1948, albacore trolling in 1973,deepwater longlining 1976, deepwater trawling 1976 and bluefin tuna 1980. All these fisheries are documented within these pages.Included are the personal profiles of 85 prominent fishermen within the West Coast fishing Industry from 1905.

The trawler Galatea 2 punching her way across the Greymouth bar

The Westfleet trawler Galatea2 'punching' her way to another port record.

Moe Bowes Photo


Everything You Need

About the Book. 

A hard cover History Book. 290mmx 210mm ,420 pages, 186,000 words,290 colour and 86 b@w  historical images.

85 personal profiles of prominant people within the fishing industry.

 Photo.Bugs and Ike De Goldi with skipper Robert Palmer. 1970 George Sound ,Fiordland NZ

Book sales.
This book will be available online from August 16, 2023  both in New  Zealand and Australia.

Please be advised that the book weighs 1.7kgs so postage needs to be added to price.

See Buy Now page for payment detail.

Photo.Curly Abelson and Les Wotton . Norna 1950

Author contacts.

facebook; West Coast NZ Fishing History.

 Photo. Blaketown coalminer Harry Cox ' about to 'knife' grouper during a trip on the Skelton owned and built 'Melva S'. 1950's.

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