Maritime History

Fair Islanders were almost totally dependent upon fish for their livelihood from before the 16th century until the early 1900’s. Since then there has been a dramatic decline in fish stocks around the Isle. Over-fishing by increasingly larger, more efficient boats from elsewhere has meant that fishing is no longer an economically worthwhile activity for the islanders. Today all fishing is done by islanders for home consumption.


The importance of Fair Isle's maritime and cultural heritage and history is strongly reflected in the local Fair Isle dialect and folklore, with a richness of words and phrases associated with the sea and Fair Isle's traditional fishing activities.


 


FAIR ISLE'S MARITIME CULTURE -

The importance of Fair Isle's maritime and cultural heritage and history is strongly reflected in the local Fair Isle dialect and folklore, with a richness of words and phrases associated with the sea and Fair Isle's traditional fishing activities.

 


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