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April 5, 2013

Last of the Trawler Men

Reuters photographer, Dylan Martinez, recently spent a few days in the once-busy fishing port of Whitby. Now just 200 people are employed in fishing; the fleet is down to only a few boats. Things aren't looking good for Locker - one of the last remaining trawler men in the area. A combination of crippling fishing quotas, climate change and overfishing has all but crushed the local fishing industry. Global warming has expanded fish habitats northward, causing fish stocks to sometimes disappear for weeks on end. Boats return from sea with largely empty nets, and the atmosphere, dour. Often schools of fish then reappear unpredictably, resulting in bumper catches and jubilation - then E.U. quotas take effect and force fishermen to dump excess catch in the sea to avoid hefty E.U. fines. This scenario is echoed in other historic fishing areas across the globe, including New England. -- Paula Nelson( 30 photos total)

A seagull flies off the coast of Whitby, seen from aboard the Whitby Rose in the North Sea, northern England, February 28, 2013. Whitby was once a busy fishing port, but now only 200 people are employed in the fishing industry. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Seagulls scavenge for fish off the coast of Whitby (seen from aboard the Whitby Rose in the North Sea, northern England), February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters) #

Fisherman Craig Locker unravels his fishing net aboard the Whitby Rose in the North Sea, off the coast of Whitby, northern England, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Skipper of the Whitby Rose, Howard Locker, chats aboard his trawler in the North Sea, off the coast of Whitby, February 28, 2013. Things are not looking good for Locker, one of the last remaining trawler men in the area. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Fisherman Craig Locker prepares breakfast aboard the Whitby Rose in the North Sea, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

A baby shark aboard the Whitby Rose in the North Sea, off the coast of Whitby, northern England, February 28, 2013.(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Fish, aboard the Whitby Rose, in the North Sea, February 28, 2013. Whitby was once a busy fishing port, now only 200 people are employed in the fishing industry. Global warming has expanded fish habitats northward, with fish stocks sometimes disappearing for weeks on end. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Skipper of the Whitby Rose, Howard Locker, sorts his catch aboard his trawler in the North Sea, February 28, 2013. Often schools of fish reappear unpredictably, resulting in bumper catches and reason to celebrate - but then, E.U. quotas kick in and force fishermen to dump excess catch in the sea to avoid hefty E.U. fines. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Skipper Howard Locker sorts his catch aboard his trawler in the North Sea, February 28, 2013. Things are not looking good for Locker, one of the last remaining trawler men in the area. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Skipper of the Whitby Rose, Howard Locker and his son Craig, along with trainee fisherman Simon Kidd, sort the catch aboard a trawler in the North Sea, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Skate and other fish are caught in net and brought aboard the Whitby Rose in the North Sea, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Skipper of the Whitby Rose, Howard Locker, aboard his trawler in the North Sea, February 28, 2013. Global warming has expanded fish habitats northward, with fish stocks sometimes disappearing for weeks on end. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Trainee fisherman Simon Kidd takes a nap aboard the Whitby Rose, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Fishing boats dry out in the mid-morning sun at the quayside in Scarborough, northern England, February 27, 2013. Scarborough is not far from Whitby.(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Crab and lobster pots dry out on quayside in Whitby, northern England, February 26, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

The Whitby Rose chugs through the North Sea as it returns to port in Whitby, northern England, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Line fishermen wait for a catch as a seagull flies overhead off the coast of Whitby, northern England February 27, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

A couple embraces beside a seagull as they look out toward the North Sea from Whitby, February 26, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

A couple enjoys some fish and chips as they sit in the sun by the quayside in Whitby, northern England, February 27, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

A 'No Fishing' sign is painted onto the quayside in Scarborough, northern England, February 27, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Small fishing boats dry out in the morning sun by the quayside in Whitby, northern England, February 27, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

A woman strolls past the Whitby Fish Market by the quayside in Whitby, northern England, February 27, 2013. Whitby was once a busy fishing port, but now just 200 people are employed in fishing. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Men enjoy fish and chips as they stroll through the streets of Whitby, northern England, February 26, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

A man feeds seagulls with his leftover chips by the quayside in Whitby, February 26, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Youth wait for fish and chips at a local chip shop in Scarborough, northern England, February 27, 2013. Scarborough is near the formerly thriving fishing port city of Whitby. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

A couple views what is offered at Sandgate Seafoods, a local fish shop in Whitby, northern England February 26, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

The Whitby Rose chugs through the North Sea as it returns to port in Whitby, northern England, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

The tide comes in as the sun sets on the seafront in Scarborough, northern England, February 26, 2013. Scarborough is near Whitby, a once-thriving fishing port. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

Fishermen Malcolm Ward and Colin Jenkinson enjoy a pint at their local pub, The Newcastle Packet, in Scarborough, northern England, February 26, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#

The moon sets over Whitby harbor in Whitby, northern England, February 28, 2013. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)#


 
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