Salt of the Sea” is a beautifully produced publication featuring full colour images and gloss paper pages. Congratulations to the Author, Dave Dawson, and to the photographers who were sufficiently astute to capture those magnificent images from the coalface of industry.
This book has a distinctly international flavour, with tales from the fishermen and women of this once vibrant industry. The stories extend from the deep freeze Antarctic tooth fish grounds of Herd Island, to the tropical tiger prawn channels of the Torres Strait. The fisheries of New Zealand and the English Channel are excellent renditions of the same industry in different fisheries, and the challenges and variables that come with that.
The Queensland east coast fishery and the frustrations of the grass roots fishers is well articulated, and representative of a world that was. Ongoing confusion has been the hallmark of fisheries management of recent years, and demonstrably the effects of questionable resource management are well expressed. This is a well-produced book, a fine contribution to the memory of an industry that was. Well worth its place on the mantelpiece, and deserving of its place in history.