Images of a Big Island

West Coast Fishermen

These images show a couple of fishing settlements on Tasmania’s West Coast. Fishermen are a pretty independent breed and the cray fishermen are no exception. Operating along one of the wildest coastlines in the world they have adapted to their harsh environment.

The logistics of supplying fuel, bait, food as well as maintenance and getting their product to market would be hard enough in these remote communities.  Factor in the weather and the fact that there is no infrastructure like harbours, marinas and in some places grid electricity, means that they have to be a little creative with their solutions. In places like Coutta Rocks and Temma they have built themselves substantial slipways so that when the weather deteriorates as it often does, they can haul their vessels clear of the wild seas. In other places they use a tractor  and trailer with the longest tow bar you will ever see to to haul their vessels to safety.

Hopefully these  images give you an idea of their working environment.


8 responses

  1. True North Mark

    Great story Tim!

    I sold a little crayfishing boat to one of the remote islands off Tasmania…name escapes me just now….but yes the innovation of these guys is right up there eh!

    When we went out fishing with them they drove from home and shot a Kangaroo on the way to the water which was to be the bait and then off we went!

    It was like stepping back in time for me, watching the way they lived…but I think that in some ways if not most ways they got it right!

    September 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

  2. As they say, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention!’ it was interesting having a bit of a yarn with one of these guys,they seem to take it all in their stride and really seem to like living in these out of the way places!

    September 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

  3. Wow. Amazing photos Tim. I love the way your photos have captured ‘their’ story.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

    • Thanks Jamie, don’t think I have captured their ‘story’, more their environment.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

  4. Tony Middleton

    I really like the composition of the second image Tim – looks like a great place !

    October 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    • Yep, I quite like that one as well Tony.


      October 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

  5. wayte27

    Hi Tim, very nice series of images here. Tassie is a must for me in the coming year or two. You have certainly done it justice here with these images for sure

    November 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

  6. Thanks very much Adrian!

    December 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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