The West Coast is a unique visual and cultural region. It is a harsh, but mystic environment with cultural traditions mostly linked to the sea and the fishing industry. As such the long traditions of the region belong to the fisherman. For the visitor, the trawlers in the harbor offer picturesque photo opportunities and a romantic setting, but for those who regard those same trawlers as their office and their livelihood, it is a totally different story. It is a life of one eye on the weather, fish quotas, dwindling resources and insecure monthly incomes. The next time you take a photograph of the picturesque West Coast harbor with its trawler, spare a thought for those on board it’s a hard life ensuring the bounty of the sea on your table at night.
How many of us really know what that life entails, what goes on, on the deck of the trawlers making their way to the sea we see nearly every day? Take a visual tour with us into St Helena Bay, travelling from Laaiplek Harbor to Bobbejaanskop at Elandsbaai, to St Helena, on Aranos, the flag ship of Marine Products in Laaiplek.