craig easton

Paulina.Stromness, Orkney.

Paulina.Stromness, Orkney.



‘Fisherwomen’ celebrates the traditional and contemporary role of women in the fishing industry. 

In days gone by women used to travel from port to port gutting and packing herring on the quaysides, following the fleet which as the fishermen followed the migrating shoals. The season would start in Shetland in May and finish in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft in December. Nowadays women are still an essential part of the fishing trade but now work almost exclusively behind closed doors in processing factories, smoke houses and small family firms all around the coast. 

This work follows the route of the traditional herring trade and is presented in three parts: Journey, Heritage, Portraits to put the spotlight on the fisher women rather than the more usual fisher men.

Front image: Louise. Aberdeen.