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Issue No:57
  • :0973–1121
  • :November
  • :2010
  • :English

Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff.

—from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest  Hemingway


The Write Stuff

The website of Comité Local des Pêches Le Guilvinec, the local fisheries committee of Le Guilvinec in France, celebrates its second anniversary and a treasure of over 600 articles

This article, by Rene-Pierre Chever (, General Secretary, Le Comité des Pêches Le Guilvinec and a Member of ICSF, was translated by Daniel Le Sann

Pays Bigouden is a small territory of 400 sq km, with a population of 60,000, whose ancestry can be traced to the Neolithic Age, and whose main occupation is still fishing. Around 1,000 fishermen live in Pays Bigouden today, and 4,300 jobs can be directly linked to fishing activities, with 250 boats landing 40,000 tonnes of fish. Fishing can be divided into three categories near the coast: small-scale fishing vessels (5 to 10 m overall length), between 15 and 50 nautical miles coastal/ inshore fishing vessels (12 - 18 m overall length) and off shore fishing vessels out to 200 nautical miles (20 - 24 m overall length). Over 200 of the boats belong to boatowner-skippers, while the rest belong to local small shipowners.

The Comité Local des Pêches Le Guilvinec, the local fisheries committee of Le Guilvinec, was officially established in 1946, and is now governed by a French law of...



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