The spread of bottom trawling in the British Isles, c.1700–1860

Jones, P. (2018) The spread of bottom trawling in the British Isles, c.1700–1860. International Journal of Maritime History, 30(4), pp. 681-700. (doi: 10.1177/0843871418804486)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


Widespread bottom trawling in British waters has traditionally been dated from the last decades of the 18th century, and its early heartland has most commonly been identified as the Torbay area of Devon. This article shows that, in fact, by the time Torbay became known as a centre for the industry, bottom trawling was already well-known and relatively widespread around much of England and Wales, as well as large parts of Eastern and Southern Ireland. Following on from an earlier contribution in this journal, it also demonstrates that bottom trawling’s unbroken history, going back to at least the first decades of the 17th century, has always been beset by controversy, but that the middle decades of the 19th century saw a sea-change in official attitudes that, in effect, ushered in an era of unfettered expansion in industrial beam trawling by the 1890s.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jones, Dr Peter
Authors: Jones, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Maritime History
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):2052-7756
Published Online:09 November 2018

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record