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TITLE
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - Salmon Fishing Report 1949
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_DAVIDBANKS_132
DATE OF IMAGE
25 January 1950
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1510
KEYWORDS
fishing industry
commercial fishing
salmon fishing
trout fishing
net fishing
report
government
statistics
nets
fish numbers
stocks
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - Salmon Fishing Report 1949

All commercial fishing businesses were required to file a report such as this about each year's fishing. James Banks of the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co compiled this information for the 1949 season (which ran from May until September). James Banks ran seven stations that year - Portree, Raasay, Lealt, Rigg, Staffin, Camustianavaig and Braes (which included Fearns and Balmeanach). Although he fished six more nets than the previous year, the number of fish caught was down, as was the gross weight of the catch.

He also mention they had little problem with basking sharks or poachers but seals and otters were a problem early in the season. He finishes his report stating that thanks to the 'high controlled price' the business came through this poor catch season on the 'right side financially'.


West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd
In 1944 James Banks & Sons, Perth bought the sea salmon fishing lease for the Kilmuir Estates, Skye from A Powrie & Co, and formed the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd to operate the lease. The company continued until 1962 when it was sold to Kenneth Matheson, Portree.

When Banks and Sons took over the lease there were fishing stations at Lealt, Rigg (Borreraig), Staffin, Portree, Camustianavaig, Balmeanach and Brochel Castle (on Raasay). In 1956, Balmeanach and Camustianavaig merged to become the Braes station, with three men employed, while the others usually had four-man crews. The company employed about 28 men each year with jobs being offered to the same men each season before new workers were hired.

The season began late April/early May and ran through to the end of August. Several men were also employed during the winter months to take ice down from the dam at Sluggans for storage at the ice house at Portree harbour. Each crew member would receive a contract with information on wages, proposed bonus scheme and work hours and were provided with oilskins and rubber boots.

The catch was divided into salmon, grilse and trout, with grilse numbers being the highest. The total annual catch was approximately 3000 fish in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A record high of nearly 10,000 fish were caught in 1957.


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West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - Salmon Fishing Report 1949

1950s

fishing industry; commercial fishing; salmon fishing; trout fishing; net fishing; report; government; statistics; nets; fish numbers; stocks

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David Banks: West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd (documents)

All commercial fishing businesses were required to file a report such as this about each year's fishing. James Banks of the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co compiled this information for the 1949 season (which ran from May until September). James Banks ran seven stations that year - Portree, Raasay, Lealt, Rigg, Staffin, Camustianavaig and Braes (which included Fearns and Balmeanach). Although he fished six more nets than the previous year, the number of fish caught was down, as was the gross weight of the catch. <br /> <br /> He also mention they had little problem with basking sharks or poachers but seals and otters were a problem early in the season. He finishes his report stating that thanks to the 'high controlled price' the business came through this poor catch season on the 'right side financially'.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd</b><br /> In 1944 James Banks & Sons, Perth bought the sea salmon fishing lease for the Kilmuir Estates, Skye from A Powrie & Co, and formed the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd to operate the lease. The company continued until 1962 when it was sold to Kenneth Matheson, Portree. <br /> <br /> When Banks and Sons took over the lease there were fishing stations at Lealt, Rigg (Borreraig), Staffin, Portree, Camustianavaig, Balmeanach and Brochel Castle (on Raasay). In 1956, Balmeanach and Camustianavaig merged to become the Braes station, with three men employed, while the others usually had four-man crews. The company employed about 28 men each year with jobs being offered to the same men each season before new workers were hired. <br /> <br /> The season began late April/early May and ran through to the end of August. Several men were also employed during the winter months to take ice down from the dam at Sluggans for storage at the ice house at Portree harbour. Each crew member would receive a contract with information on wages, proposed bonus scheme and work hours and were provided with oilskins and rubber boots. <br /> <br /> The catch was divided into salmon, grilse and trout, with grilse numbers being the highest. The total annual catch was approximately 3000 fish in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A record high of nearly 10,000 fish were caught in 1957. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>