Whelks booklet

Whelks may not be of interest to many except those partial to the consumption of them, but they do have a place in the economic and working history of Whitstable in the 20th century.

Prior to the whelk fishing families from Sheringham in Norfolk arriving in Whitstable, bringing with them their sturdy boats and specialist whelk pots, the collection and marketing of whelks was only a minor distraction from the main industry of oyster cultivation.

This booklet, published in the 1960’s, looks at the UK whelk industry of which Whitstable was a major contributor. The Whitstable related data within this publication ensures its inclusion here although its main interest is likely to be from those researching shell fish in general.

Front cover.

 

CONTENTS

Page

Introduction ………………………………..Page  1
Natural characteristics ………………….Page  1
Fishing methods and gear ………………Page  4
Marketing …………………………………..Page  8
By—laws …………………………………….Page 11
Whelks in other countries ……………..Page 12
Conclusions ………………………………..Page 13
Acknowledgements ……………………..Page 13
Further reading …………………………..Page 14

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