“G’day, I consider myself fortunate to have been involved in the commercial fishing industry for 20 years during which I’ve met some truly incredible fisherfolk with inspiring and exciting tales of life at sea. I was deeply compelled to record some of their stories and have done so in my book,Salt of the Sea – Tales from Commercial Fishermen, a beautiful coffee table book, spectacular to look at, and packed full of engaging stories about the most dangerous job in the world. It’s a tribute to a wonderfully unique industry designed to wow you at each turn of the page but it’s also much more. The book’s characters and I address many issues such as public misconception, environmentalism, fisheries management, and work ethic plus many other important concerns facing today’s fishers. It’s written in a very easy to read style without technical jargon so that the experienced pro as well as the general public are kept entertained and informed along the way.
The initial print run of only 1500 handmade hardcover books was published in July 2014 as a “Limited Collector’s Edition” and has been extremely well received. Limited edition hardcover copies are still available for purchase and I am very pleased to now be able to offer a downloadable full PDF version of my book. Regardless of which version you choose, I am sure you, like hundreds before you, will greatly enjoy Salt of the Sea – Tales from Commercial Fishermen.”
Dave Dawson chronicles the stories of some of the colourful characters he has known from the industry both on the sea and from the central vantage point of a ship chandler furnishing the industry with a broad range of its specialist supplies and equipment. The tales he tells are a rollicking good read and an important part of our history well worth reading for entertainment value alone. They are also something more, a requiem for a valuable industry along with a way of life we don’t need to kill and indeed, can ill afford to lose
– Walter Starck