People, Place and Fish feature in new Photographic Exhibition

PUBLISHED: 11:21 20 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:21 20 March 2014

The horseback shrimp fishermen of Oostduinkerke, Belgium

The horseback shrimp fishermen of Oostduinkerke, Belgium

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A powerful new photographic exhibition, opening at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth on March 29, features work by internationally renowned photo-journalist Vince Bevan

Otsermen tending their oysters at low tide in St. Vaast la Hougue, FranceOtsermen tending their oysters at low tide in St. Vaast la Hougue, France

The Landscapes of Fishing exhibition portrays the richness and diversity of inshore fishing in the four countries bordering the southern North Sea and the English Channel: France, England, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Herring Festival, Boulogne-sur-Mer, FranceHerring Festival, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Fishing provides a livelihood for those involved in the industry, but is also important for the contribution it makes to heritage and identity. These photographs offer a poignant reminder of an industry struggling to survive against a backdrop of strict regulation and quota restrictions. Regardless of all its current challenges, this historic profession continues to contribute to the character and identity of coastal communities across Europe, for the benefit of residents and tourists alike.

Ben Lumby, Exhibitions Manager at the Maritime Museum says: “We are delighted to once again be working with Vince Bevan. This collection of photos captures the harsh reality of life as a fisherman and the beauty of Europe’s stunning coastal landscape.”

The exhibition is part of a broader project called the Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability (GIFS) co-funded by the ERDF Interreg IVa 2 Seas and led by the University of Greenwich . The purpose of GIFS is to capture the importance of inshore fishing for fishers and the towns and villages where they live.

Landscapes of Fishing opens on March 29 and runs until May 18 at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

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