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.